Doing with less: hominin brain atrophy.

  title={Doing with less: hominin brain atrophy.},
  author={Robert G. Bednarik},
  journal={Homo : internationale Zeitschrift fur die vergleichende Forschung am Menschen},
  volume={65 6},
In contrast to hominin encephalization, the final Pleistocene and Holocene reduction in cranial volume has attracted very little attention and remains unexplained. Here it is examined in the light of current neuroscientific and archaeological understanding, and it is shown that the most parsimonious explanation is via the domestication hypothesis of recent humans. Accordingly, rapid atrophy of the brain is partly explained by the culturally based process of sexual selection, first detectable in… CONTINUE READING
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