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The lives of the brain : human evolution and the organ of mind

Author: John S Allen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Though we have other distinguishing characteristics (walking on two legs, for instance, and relative hairlessness), the brain and the behavior it produces are what truly set us apart from the other apes and primates. And how this three-pound organ composed of water, fat, and protein turned a mammal species into the dominant animal on earth today is the story the author seeks to tell in this book. Adopting what he  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John S Allen
ISBN: 9780674035348 0674035348 9780674064058 0674064054
OCLC Number: 316037900
Description: x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The human brain in brief --
Brain size --
The functional evolution of the brain --
The plastic brain --
The molecular evolution of the brain --
The evolution of feeding behavior --
The aging brain --
Language and brain evolution --
Optimism and the evolution of the brain.
Responsibility: John S. Allen.

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Allen pieces together the puzzle of brain evolution. No stone is left unturned as Allen mines such fields as paleontology, anthropology, comparative anatomy and physiology, and the cognitive Read more...

 
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