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Guts and Brains : An Integrative Approach to the Hominin Record


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Abstract The human brain and its one hundred billion neurons compose the most complex organ in the body and harness more than 20 per cent of all the energy we produce. Why do we have such large and energy-demanding brains, and how have we been able to afford such an expensive organ for thousands of years? Guts and Brains discusses the key variables at stake in such a question, including the relationship between brain size and diet, diet and social organization, and large brains and the human sexual division of labour. This interdisciplinary volume provides an entry for the reader into understanding the development of both early primates and our own species
Keywords brain; evolution; intelligence; development; physical development; historical development; sociobiology
Classification Natural Science and Engineering, Applied Sciences
Document language German
Publication Year 2007
Publisher Leiden Univ. Press
City Leiden
Page/Pages 280 p.
Series LUP Academic
ISBN 978-90-8728-014-7
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works