Origins of the human brain
Throughout history, humans have been fascinated by their origins. The evolutionary development of the human brain has been of particular interest since our intellectual, emotional, and cultural capacities are considered to be unique among animals. This book brings together a group of eminent scientists from the fields of evolutionary biology, anthropology, neuroscience, and psychology. Their views provide a starting point for a debate based on the most recent scientific data relating to the evolutionary origins of the human brain, drawing together knowledge from sciences of the past (paleontology, archaeology) and those of the present and future (molecular neurobiology, population genetics). The result is a lively, informative, and valuable synthesis that will interest a wide range of students and researchers in these fields.
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The first modern men
endocranial casts and meningeal
Toward a synthetic theory of human brain evolution
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adaptation afarensis Africa anastomoses animal Anthropol area 17 Australopithecus Australopithecus afarensis behaviour bifaces biological boisei branch causal relation cells cerebral cortex changes Changeux child chimpanzee clusters cognitive complex Coppens cortical cranial cultural cytoarchitectonic diversity early hominids endocasts endocranial endocranial cast environment evidence evolutionary example Falk foramen magnum fossil frontal functional genetic genome groups Hadar Holloway homeo box gene hominid Homo erectus Homo habilis Homo sapiens human brain hypothesis individuals intelligence interactions interpretation learning Lecours lineage lobe lunate sulcus meningeal middle meningeal veins million years ago mitochondrial modern humans monkey morphology Mousterian mtDNA mutations myr bp Neanderthal neurones object occipital organization Paléolithique parietal bone pattern petrosquamous sinus Pinker pongids population posterior primate radial Rakic region sagittal sapiens sapiens sequences sinus sinuses social species structure tion Tobias University Press Upper Palaeolithic variation venous vertebrate visual Weiskrantz writing system