The pattern of endocranial ontogenetic shape changes in humans.

  title={The pattern of endocranial ontogenetic shape changes in humans.},
  author={Simon Neubauer and Philipp Gunz and Jean-Jacques Hublin},
  journal={Journal of anatomy},
  volume={215 3},
Humans show a unique pattern of brain growth that differentiates us from all other primates. In this study, we use virtual endocasts to provide a detailed description of shape changes during human postnatal ontogeny with geometric morphometric methods. Using CT scans of 108 dried human crania ranging in age from newborns to adults and several hundred landmarks and semi-landmarks, we find that the endocranial ontogenetic trajectory is curvilinear with two bends, separating three distinct phases… CONTINUE READING


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