Early brain growth in Homo erectus and implications for cognitive ability

  title={Early brain growth in Homo erectus and implications for cognitive ability},
  author={H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Coqueugniot and J.-J. Hublin and Françis Veillon and Francis Hou{\"e}t and Thomas Jacob},
Humans differ from other primates in their significantly lengthened growth period. The persistence of a fetal pattern of brain growth after birth is another important feature of human development. Here we present the results of an analysis of the 1.8-million-year-old Mojokerto child (Perning 1, Java), the only well preserved skull of a Homo erectus infant, by computed tomography. Comparison with a large series of extant humans and chimpanzees indicates that this individual was about 1 yr (0–1.5… CONTINUE READING
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