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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.
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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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Allen, John S. (John Scott), 1961-
Lives of the brain.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009021339
(OCoLC)316037900
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John S Allen
ISBN: 9780674053496 0674053494
OCLC Number: 648760641
Description: 1 online resource (x, 338 pages) : illustrations
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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