Animals in Prehistory that May Have Been IntelligentThere are lots of known animals from prehistory, but we've only discovered a fraction of every species that lived long before humans appeared on Earth. Most humans may think they were the ONLY sapient species on Earth, but here, we list some prehistoric animals that may have been intelligent, it can include real or speculative species (for species that may or may not have existed). Enjoy your posting here!
The Top Ten
Here, I speculated an omnivorous species of Pachycephalosaurid dinosaur with a larger brain case than Pachycephalosaurus, rivaling the intelligence of modern humans, having somewhat longer arms than Pachycephalosaurus and being very social, making stone tools to hunt other animals, including larger dinosaurs.
Believe it or not, Jack Horner showed that Pachycephalosaurus was probably not a head-butting brute as what people once thought, so they have been, according to my theory, may have been omnivorous and the most intelligent non-avian dinosaur, even smarter than Troodonts, despite having a small brain case. Their brains may have been comparable to that of early hominids, but they may have used their feet for grasping (if their feet were determined to have grasped like some modern birds and/or if their arms were too short) or used their hands for grasping (we don't know about the arms of Pachycephalosaurus yet).
That photo looks good.
Although this may be unlikely, the Stegoceras would have been very smart, about as smart as some early hominids (despite some reports of fossils showing head-butting behavior, they probably were not head-butters, but the damages of their skulls were probably results of falling and/or fights from weaponry (like stone tools, etc), using their feet for grasping tools due to their arms being short.
Just like Stegoceras, Prenocephale's arms were too short for grasping and picking up tools, but their feet may have been used for grasping, and they were probably about as smart as early hominids, making stone tools to defend themselves, fight other intelligent Pachycephalosaurs, and/or for hunting other animals, including larger dinosaurs.
A recently discovered species of Pachycephalosaurid, Alaskacephale's arms were likely too short for grasping or making tool, but it's feet were probably were used instead to make and use stone tools, and was probably about as smart as early hominids.
Just like Stegoceras and Prenocephale, this species probably had arms that were too small to manipulate objects or use stone tools, but they probably had manipulative grasping feet to make and use stone tools, they were probably omnivorous and about as smart as early hominids.
Like most other Pachycephalosaurids, this species was likely omnivorous, and like most high-domed Pachycephalosaurids, it was probably intelligent like early hominids and may have used grasping feet to make and use stone tools (if their arms were too short).
Texacephale was probably very intelligent, about as intelligent as early hominids, and may as well have made and used stone tools with their feet (if their arms were too short), and most likely omnivorous like most Pachycephalosaurids.
Like other high-domed Pachycephalosaurids, the Foraminacephale was probably about as intelligent as early hominids, and may have created and used stone tools with their feet (if their arms were too short) and were most likely omnivorous.
Although this species being extremely intelligent may be unlikely, due to its small size and the potential shape of its skull, Wannanosaurus was likely omnivorous and was probably about as intelligent as some early bipedal apes and may have made and used stone tools like modern non-human apes, while creating/using with their feet like some modern birds.
Believed to have been the smartest dinosaur
But not enough to qualify as the smartest prehistoric animal.
This may be unlikely, but due to the shape of its skull, maybe giving it a larger brain case, it may be much smarter than any modern cetaceans, probably giving this animal the ability to communicate in wide languages (not human language, but at least a wider range of languages than modern cetaceans), unlikely, but possibly culture (unlike modern cetaceans).
Is this a troll post? Megalodon was only about as intelligent as any other shark in Earth's history, including modern sharks.
Does this really count as the most intelligent prehistoric animal? It just has a similar skull to true cats, which aren't the smartest mammals (although they aren't unintelligent neither, they just follow instincts).
Are you kidding me with this animal? This animal was most likely just a herbivore with a niche like modern rhinos, having a small brain for its body size (unlike Pachycephalosaurs, which were likely similar in hominids in intelligence).
Even though mammoths were intelligent, they were probably only as smart as other elephants. When I said intelligent, I meant like very sentient (I mean sapient), using stone tools, having culture, etc.