This is another question about my aliens who have both reptilian and mammalian characteristics.
Now, I'm not talking about developing intelligence on evolutionary time scales but rather within something like 20 years.
Now if it is possible to develop intelligence on a small time scale here is what I figured for the size and intelligence level over time:
A hatchling would be about the size of an adult crested gecko(8 inches long) and not very mobile. Its brain would be mostly auditory right after hatching because so much processing goes on in the auditory center. Besides that, most of the brain triggers reflexes. No worries about heat because even though they are cold-blooded, they don't have to bask until later on, they get their heat from their mom. So they wake up after the mom has basked in the heat.
At 3 months, when it is about 10 inches long(about the size of an adult leopard gecko) and has decided which nipple to suckle from, it is still not very mobile but the brain development has really started
At 6 months, when it is 24 inches long(about the size of a bearded dragon, it has become more mobile and can walk on all fours. It is about as intelligent as a mouse(that is to say, not very intelligent). This is when they start having to bask.
At 2 years, when it gets to the size of an iguana, 3 feet long, it has an intelligence level similar to that of a cat. This is when the legs start to get a growth spurt and it gradually goes from obligate quadriped to facultative quadriped and then finally to obligate biped
At 6 years, when it gets to the size of a monitor lizard, 4 feet, it has an intelligence level similar to that of a dog.
And then over the next 14 years, intelligence level grows way faster than the size of the alien and it reaches the intelligence level of humans.
But is this plausible for a creature to go from almost no intelligence to the intelligence level of humans in 20 years? How would being cold-blooded(which they are) affect intelligence?