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The human advantage : a new understanding of how our brain became remarkable

Author: Suzana Herculano-Houzel
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 2016. ©2016
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"Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25% of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a very short amount of time in evolution, allowing us to leave our cousins, the great apes, behind. So the human brain is special, right? Wrong, according to Suzana Herculano-Houzel. Humans have developed  Read more...
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Herculano-Houzel, Suzana, 1972-
Human advantage.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015038399
(OCoLC)931476612
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Suzana Herculano-Houzel
ISBN: 9780262333214 026233321X 9780262333207 0262333201
OCLC Number: 944211628
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Preface --
Humans rule! --
Brain soup --
Got brains? --
Not all brains are made the same --
Remarkable but not extraordinary --
The elephant in the room --
What cortical expansion --
A body matter? --
So how much does it cost? --
Brains or brawn : you can't have both --
Thank the kitchen for your neurons --
But plenty of neurons are not enough --
Epilogue : our place in nature.
Responsibility: Suzana Herculano-Houzel.

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Why our human brains are awesome, and how we left our cousins, the great apes, behind: a tale of neurons and calories, and cooking.  Read more...

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