Pandora's growing box: Inferring the evolution and development of hominin brains from endocasts.

@article{Zollikofer2013PandorasGB,
  title={Pandora's growing box: Inferring the evolution and development of hominin brains from endocasts.},
  author={Christoph P. E. Zollikofer and Marcia Silvia Ponce De Le{\'o}n},
  journal={Evolutionary anthropology},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 1},
  pages={
          20-33
        }
}
The brain of modern humans is an evolutionary and developmental outlier: At birth, it has the size of an adult chimpanzee brain and expands by a factor of 2 during the first postnatal year. Large neonatal brain size and rapid initial growth contrast with slow maturation, which extends well into adolescence. When, how, and why this peculiar pattern of brain ontogeny evolved and how it is correlated with structural changes in the brain are key questions of paleoanthropology. Because brains and… CONTINUE READING
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