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The Human AdvantageA New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable$
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Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034258

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034258.001.0001

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Brains or Brawn: You Can’t Have Both

Brains or Brawn: You Can’t Have Both

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(p.173) 10 Brains or Brawn: You Can’t Have Both
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The Human Advantage
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Suzana Herculano-Houzel

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034258.003.0010

Human brains work at 24 watts of power, cost 516 kilocalories per day; caloric intake is limiting for non-human primates; larger primates get more calories per hour, but not fast enough; the upper limit to being a primate; trade-off between body mass and number of brain neurons

Keywords:   Foraging, caloric intake, body x brain trade-off

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