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Evolving Brains (Scientific American Library)

By John Morgan Allman
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Book Details
  • Author: John Morgan Allman
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Brand: W H Freeman n Co
  • Published: 1999-01-01
When Evolving Brains was first published, the scientific community responded with an immediate chorus of praise for the book's innovative theories about how the human brain evolved from simple organisms that lived nearly a billion years ago.

Now available in paperback, Evolving Brains introduces readers to some of the most exciting developments in science in recent years. Drawing on a wealth of new findings in molecular genetics and paleontology, Evolving Brains reveals many of the underlying physiological mechanisms that have influenced the formation of our brains. For example, it's no accident that the brain is located near the entrance to the gut because one of the most basic functions of a brain is finding good things to eat and rejecting toxins.

Zooming from the microworld of genes to the macroworld of evolution and behavior, Evolving Brains shows how large brains developed as a buffer against the perilous hazards of an ever-shifting environment, and how the evolution of large brains depended crucially on the formation of the extended family. The rise of the family and its need for communication in turn led to the development of language.

One of the clearest maps yet of the brain's long and eventful journey though time, Evolving Brains reveals a more complete picture of who we are and where we come from.

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