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Can simulating evolution on a computer explain our enormous brains? - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Human brain evolution is not something you can test in the lab. It would take hundreds of years, if not thousands, to reveal how evolutionary pressures shaped the modern human brain. And even if you could do those experiments, they would probably not ...
New Scientist

Why do humans have such large brains? Our study suggests ecology was the driving force - The Conversation UK

The Conversation UK
But our new study, published today in Nature, finds evidence against this idea and shows that human brain expansion was likely driven by ecology. Hypotheses for the evolution of the human brain size all agree that brain expansion increased our ability ...
Los Angeles Times
Jakarta Post

No REST for the Brainy: Human Evolution Linked to Diseases of Aging - Alzforum

In evolution, there is no free lunch. In other words, a good brain exacts its price. According to a May 23 study in Cell Systems, some of the same genetic adaptations that bestowed the cerebral cortex on humans also may have opened the door to diseases ...

A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution

Wayne - United States

Offers an outline of William Calvin's from his book about a theory about human brain evolution and climate change.

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    William H. Calvin, A Brain for All Seasons (University of Chicago Press, 2002), Table of Contents
    Oneof the most shocking scientific realizations of all time has slowly beendawning on us: the earth?s climate does great flip-flops every few thousand years, and with breathtaking speed. Many times in the lives of our ancestors,the climate abruptly cooled, just within several years. Worse was the accompanying drought and theforest fires, all around the world. Populations crashed for most mammals, including our ancestors. Our ancestors lived through hundreds ofsuch episodes u but each became a population bottleneck, one that eliminatedmost of their relatives. We are the improbable descendants of those who survived u and later thrived.

Human Evolution: Evolution and the Structure of Health and Disease
United States

Unifying theory of biological and cultural evolution explaining the origin of neurological disease in humans.

Brain, Behavior and Evolution

Publishes original articles on the structure, function and evolution of nervous systems in vertebrates and invertebrates. Provides guidelines for authors and information on subscriptions.

Human Brain Mapping
United States

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) has evolved in response to the explosion in the field of human functional neuroimaging, and its movement into the scientific mainstream. One of the primary functions of the organization is to provide an educational forum for the exchange of up-to-the-minute and ground breaking research across modalities exploring Human Brain Mapping.

Institute of the Human Brain
Russian Federation

Conducting investigations of higher specifically-human functions as the basis for applied research. In Russian.

Human Brain Project at Caltech
United States

Applying newly emerging computational techniques to in vivo optical and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the developing brain.

Early Human Evolution: A Survey of the Biological and Cultural Evolution of Homo habilis and Homo erectus
United States

Tutorials focused on early transitional humans, Homo erectus, and early human culture.


Provides an overview of the anatomy, function, disorders, and psychology of the human brain in an interactive environment.

University of Washington Human Brain Project
United States

Working to organize functional information about the brain around a structural information framework.

THOR Center for Neuroinformatics Human Brain Project Repository

Virtual presentations on functional neuroimaging activities.

Human Evolution
United Kingdom

Notes from a lecture by DSG Pollock on early hominids. Includes references.