An evolutionary scaling law for the primate visual system and its basis in cortical function

@article{Stevens2001AnES,
  title={An evolutionary scaling law for the primate visual system and its basis in cortical function},
  author={Charles F. Stevens},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2001},
  volume={411},
  pages={193-195}
}
A hallmark of mammalian brain evolution is the disproportionate increase in neocortical size as compared with subcortical structures1. Because primary visual cortex (V1) is the most thoroughly understood cortical region, the visual system provides an excellent model in which to investigate the evolutionary expansion of neocortex. I have compared the numbers of neurons in the visual thalamus (lateral geniculate nucleus; LGN) and area V1 across primate species. Here I find that the number of V1… CONTINUE READING
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