Longevity and sexual maturity vary across species with number of cortical neurons, and humans are no exception

@article{HerculanoHouzel2019LongevityAS,
  title={Longevity and sexual maturity vary across species with number of cortical neurons, and humans are no exception},
  author={S. Herculano-Houzel},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Neurology},
  year={2019},
  volume={527},
  pages={1689 - 1705}
}
Maximal longevity of endotherms has long been considered to increase with decreasing specific metabolic rate, and thus with increasing body mass. Using a dataset of over 700 species, here I show that maximal longevity, age at sexual maturity, and postmaturity longevity across bird and mammalian species instead correlate primarily, and universally, with the number of cortical brain neurons. Correlations with metabolic rate and body mass are entirely explained by clade‐specific relationships… Expand
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