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The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

Suzana Herculano-Houzel


Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies, use 25% of all the energy the body requires each day, and became enormous in hardly any time in evolution, leaving our cousins, the great apes, behind. So the human brain is special, right? Wrong: according to the evidence uncovered by the author, humans have developed cognitive abilities that outstrip those of all other animals because we have a brain built in the image of other primate brains that managed to gather the largest number of neurons in the cerebral cortex due to a techn ... More

Keywords: Human brain, cognitive capacities and abilities, numbers of neurons, human evolution, cooking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034258
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034258.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Suzana Herculano-Houzel, author