Brain size and the evolution of mind

by Harry J. Jerison

Publisher: American Museum of Natural History in New York

Written in English
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Subjects:

  • Brain -- Evolution.,
  • Brain -- Physiology.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 90-99).

StatementHarry J. Jerison.
SeriesJames Arthur lecture on the evolution of the human brain ;, 59
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQP376 .J448 1991
The Physical Object
Pagination99 p. :
Number of Pages99
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL69299M
LC Control Number99168553

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  The Encephalization Quotient is a measure of brain size relative to body size. The cat has an EQ of about 1, which is what is expected for its body size, while chimps have an EQ of .   In many ways, the study of human brain evolution is the search for these features and how they came about. Bigger Brains “Brain size expansion is one of the most extraordinary features of human brain evolution,” says Chet Sherwood, an anthropologist at George Washington University who studies primate brain evolution. Modern humans have.   Wrangham’s book “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human” is published today by Basic Books. In it, he makes the case that the ability to harness fire and cook food allowed the brain to grow and the digestive tract to shrink, giving rise to our ancestor Homo erectus some .

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Apry] a.m.n.u rfty-ninth ** jamesarthurlectureon theevolutionofthehumanbrain brainsizeandthe evolutionofmind harry n americanmuseumofnaturalhistory newyork: Cummins (Ch.2) argues for the evolution of mind to have its genesis in animals ability to reason about dominance hierarchies in social contexts.

Citing the current literature concerning relative brain sizes and a variety of social dynamic contrasts, Cummins eloquently addresses the social foundations of cognition, but little else is new here/5(2).

The main topic of the book is a reconstruction of the evolution of nervous systems and brains as well as of mental-cognitive abilities, in short “intelligence” from simplest organisms to humans. It investigates to which extent the two are correlated.

One central topic is the alleged uniqueness of the human brain and human intelligence and by: The next two chapters explain evolutionary theory and the evolution of the human brain as well as diversity in brain size.

A general model for brain evolution that offers some synthetic possibilities for approaching the questions of brain evolution, size. Comparative variation in brain size is arguably one of the most dominant features of primate evolution.

Enduring questions in this context comprise whether evolutionary changes in certain brain. Darwin considered an understanding of the evolution of the human mind and brain to be of major importance to the evolutionary sciences.

This ground-breaking book sets out a comprehensive, integrated theory of why and how the human mind has developed to function as it does. The next two chapters explain evolutionary theory and the evolution of the human brain as well as diversity in brain size.

A general model for brain evolution that offers some synthetic possibilities for approaching Brain size and the evolution of mind book questions of brain evolution, size, allometry, and reorganization is then described. This groundbreaking book sets out a comprehensive, integrated theory of why and how the human mind has developed to function as it does.

Geary proposes that human motivational, affective, behavioral, and cognitive systems have evolved to p Darwin considered an understanding of the evolution of the human mind and brain to be of major importance 4/5(3). The book is divided into four parts encompassing 17 chapters that emphasize the implications of the history of the brain for the evolution of behavior in vertebrates.

The introductory chapter covers the studies of animal behavior and their implications about the nature of the animal’s world. Published in the January / February Humanist. Tags: darwin, evolution, mind Frederic March is a humanist author, teacher, and public policy advocate.

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Human evolution - Human evolution - Increasing brain size: Because more complete fossil heads than hands are available, it is easier to model increased brain size in parallel with the rich record of artifacts from the Paleolithic Period (c.

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Descartes boldly claimed: "I think, therefore I am.". Evolution of the Human Brain Ralph Holloway Abstract In the last million years brain volume within the hominid lineage has increased from less than ml to roughly ml. The first clear increase in hominid brain size is seen in early Homo at c.2 m.y.a.

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One of the things that people say about the human brain is that it is the most complex system in the universe. Brain size increased strikingly about 2 million years ago, and this is where the social brain emerges as an important evolutionary force.

Homo is distinguished most clearly by a larger brain case, between and cc in the earliest specimens, translating to group sizes of   Over the course of human evolution, brain size tripled. The modern human brain is the largest and most complex of any living primate.

Brain size increases slowly. From 6–2 million years ago. During this time period, early humans began to walk upright and make simple tools.

Brain size increased, but only slightly. Brain and body size increase. One of the prominent ways of tracking the evolution of the human brain is through direct evidence in the form of fossils.

The evolutionary history of the human brain shows primarily a gradually bigger brain relative to body size during the evolutionary path from early primates to hominids and finally to Homo e fossilized brain tissue is rare, a more reliable approach is to.

Homo habilis, the first of our genus Homo who appeared million years ago, saw a modest hop in brain size, including an expansion of a language-connected part of. An increase in brain size and function required a more diverse diet for these species and with these advances, it was possible.toYears Ago Over these years in the history of the Earth, there was a large climatic shift.

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Brain shape evolution in Homo sapiens: brain shape of one of the earliest known members of our species, theyear-old cranium Jebel Irhoud 1 (left). Brain shape, and possibly brain function, evolved gradually. Brain morphology has reached the globularity typical for present day humans surprisingly recently (right).

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sapiens already fell within the range of present-day humans. Brain shape, however, evolved gradually within the H. sapiens lineage, reaching present-day human variation between aboutyears ago.