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The brain does not follow the head

The human brain is about three times the size of the brains of great apes. This has to do, among other things, with the evolution of novel brain structures that enabled complex behaviors such as language and tool production. A … Continue reading

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20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes

New research on one of the oldest and most complete fossil primate skulls from South America shows instead that the pattern of brain evolution in this group was far more checkered. The study suggests that the brain enlarged repeatedly and … Continue reading

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Peering into Little Foot’s 3.67-million-year-old brain

MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared … Continue reading

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130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

Researchers studied nitrogen levels in the skeleton of a 130-year-old brain coral living 620 miles from the North American mainland and found that the nitrogen from human sources was less than had been estimated. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the … Continue reading

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This curious animal grew larger over time — but its brain didn’t quite keep up

The ancestor of the modern day mountain beaver had a larger relative brain size, offering a rare example of brain size decrease over time. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Slow but steady: New study sheds light on the brain evolution of turtles

A new study shows that the brain of turtles has evolved slowly, but constantly over the last 210 million years, eventually reaching a variety in form and complexity, which rivals that of other animal groups. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New clues from mind buildings of mantis shrimp

New analysis sheds new mild on the evolution of a few of the earliest mind buildings, and stirs up new, intriguing questions concerning the origins of facilities that help studying and reminiscence. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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The tasmanian tiger had a brain structure suited to a predatory life style

Brain scans suggest the action-planning part of the cortex was large in these extinct predators. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Fossilized dinosaur brain tissue identified for the first time

Researchers have identified the first known example of fossilized brain tissue in a dinosaur from Sussex. The tissues resemble those seen in modern crocodiles and birds. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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