Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution

Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution

by Stephan Cosgrave Cunnane
ISBN-10:
9812561919
ISBN-13:
9789812561916
Pub. Date:
05/20/2005
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated

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Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution

How did humans evolve larger and more sophisticated brains?In general, evolution depends on a special combination of circumstances: part genetics, part time, and part environment. In the case of human brain evolution, the main environmental influence was adaptation to a 'shore-based' diet, which provided the world's richest source of nutrition, as well as a sedentary lifestyle that promoted fat deposition. Such a diet included shellfish, fish, marsh plants, frogs, bird's eggs, etc. Humans and, and more importantly, hominid babies started to get fat, a crucial distinction that led to the development of larger brains and to the evolution of modern humans. A larger brain is expensive to maintain and this increasing demand for energy results in, succinctly, survival of the fattest.

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ISBN-13: 9789812561916
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/20/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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