Brain ontogeny and life history in Pleistocene hominins.

  title={Brain ontogeny and life history in Pleistocene hominins.},
  author={Jean-Jacques Hublin and Simon Neubauer and Philipp Gunz},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={370 1663},
A high level of encephalization is critical to the human adaptive niche and emerged among hominins over the course of the past 2 Myr. Evolving larger brains required important adaptive adjustments, in particular regarding energy allocation and life history. These adaptations included a relatively small brain at birth and a protracted growth of highly dependent offspring within a complex social environment. In turn, the extended period of growth and delayed maturation of the brain structures of… CONTINUE READING