Origins of the Human Brain

Paperback | November 7, 1996

EditorJean-pierre Changeux, Jean Chavaillon

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Humans have always been fascinated by their origins, and the evolutionary development of the human brain is of particular interest as our intellectual, emotional, and cultural capacities are considered to be unique among animals. Written by one of the most well-known neuroscientists in the world, this book is now available in paperback, and brings together a group of eminent scientists from the fields of psychology, anthropology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. Their views have been captured to provide a startingpoint for a debate based on the most recent scientific data relating to the evolutionary origins of the human brain.

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Humans have always been fascinated by their origins, and the evolutionary development of the human brain is of particular interest as our intellectual, emotional, and cultural capacities are considered to be unique among animals. Written by one of the most well-known neuroscientists in the world, this book is now available in paperbac...

Jean-Pierre Changeux is at Institut Pasteur, Paris. Jean Chavaillon is at Lab de Recherche sur l'Afrique Orientale, Meudon.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:November 7, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198523904

ISBN - 13:9780198523901

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Table of Contents

List of participantsIntroductionPart I: Anatomy of the brain1. The first modern men2. Image of the human fossil brain: endocranial casts and meningeal vessels in young and adult subjectsDiscussion3. Toward a synthetic theory of human brain evolutionDiscussion4. The brain of the first hominidsDiscussion5. Evolution of neocortical parcellation: the perspective from experimental neuroembryologyDiscussion6. Brain locomotion, diet, and culture: how a primate, by chance, became a manPart II: Genetics7. The human genome8. Mitochondrial DNA and human evolutionDiscussion9. Mammalian homeo box genes: evolutionary and regulatory aspects of a network gene systemDiscussionPart III: Culture10. Life in the fast lane: rapid cultural change and the human evolutionary processDiscussion11. The origins of cultural diversityDiscussion12. Individuals and cultureDiscussion13. Man's intelligence as seen through Paleolithic artDiscussion14. The origins and evolution of writingDiscussionPart IV: Intelligence15. The origins of consciousnessDiscussion16. The social mindDiscussion17. Facts about human languageDiscussion18. Cause/induced motion: intention/spontaneous motionDiscussionEpilogueAuthor IndexSubject Index

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`A fascinating read'Douglas Palmer, New Scientist, April 1995