Snakes as agents of evolutionary change in primate brains.

@article{Isbell2006SnakesAA,
  title={Snakes as agents of evolutionary change in primate brains.},
  author={Lynne A Isbell},
  journal={Journal of human evolution},
  year={2006},
  volume={51 1},
  pages={1-35}
}
Current hypotheses that use visually guided reaching and grasping to explain orbital convergence, visual specialization, and brain expansion in primates are open to question now that neurological evidence reveals no correlation between orbital convergence and the visual pathway in the brain that is associated with reaching and grasping. An alternative hypothesis proposed here posits that snakes were ultimately responsible for these defining primate characteristics. Snakes have a long, shared… CONTINUE READING
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