The fate of Middle Pleistocene

My welcome for the new year is a perspective review entitled “Evolving human brains: paleoneurology and the fate of Middle Pleistocene“. The article introduces human paleoneurology and functional craniology, and a topological model of the skull-brain network system. Then, I discuss the paleoneurological variations associated with Middle Pleistocene, and the following fate: modern humans and Neandertals. Finally, in this article I provide a further development of my hypotheses on cognitive extension and prosthetic capacity, according to the evidence associated with the evolution of the parietal cortex. The article is published as part of a special issue of Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, edited by Marlize Lombard and Anders Högberg and entitled “Theoretical pathways: thinking about human endeavour during Middle Stone Age and Middle Palaeolithic”. Here a full-text view-only version of the article.

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