Origins of the Human Brain / Edition 1

Origins of the Human Brain / Edition 1

by Jean-Pierre Changeux, Jean Chavaillon
     
 

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198523901
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
A Fyssen Foundation Symposium Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: Anatomy of the brain
1. The first modern men
2. Image of the human fossil brain: endocranial casts and meningeal vessels in young and adult subjects
Discussion
3. Toward a synthetic theory of human brain evolution
Discussion
4. The brain of the first hominids
Discussion
5. Evolution of neocortical parcellation: the perspective from experimental neuroembryology
Discussion
6. Brain locomotion, diet, and culture: how a primate, by chance, became a man
PART II: Genetics
7. The human genome
8. Mitochondrial DNA and human evolution
Discussion
9. Mammalian homeo box genes: evolutionary and regulatory aspects of a network gene system
Discussion
PART III: Culture
10. Life in the fast lane: rapid cultural change and the human evolutionary process
Discussion
11. The origins of cultural diversity
Discussion
12. Individuals and culture
Discussion
13. Man's intelligence as seen through Paleolithic art
Discussion
14. The origins and evolution of writing
Discussion
PART IV: Intelligence
15. The origins of consciousness
Discussion
16. The social mind
Discussion
17. Facts about human language
Discussion
18. Cause/induced motion: intention/spontaneous motion
Discussion
Epilogue

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