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Evolution of Nervous Systems

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Second Edition of this outstanding reference in neuroscience and evolution edited by Jon H. Kaas, with four volumes dedicated to vertebrates, mammals, primates, and humans. Here a presentation of the contents, and a chapter on paleoneurology.

Human Paleoneurology

Human Paleoneurology 2014The book “Human Paleoneurology” is now available on the website of the Springer Series in Bio-/Neuroinformatics. There is an introduction by Ralph Holloway, evidencing some open questions on endocasts. Laura Reyes and Chet Sherwood discuss current issues in evolutionary neuroscience. Philipp Gunz talks about computed methods and digital tools used to reconstruct and compare brain forms. I present a review in functional craniology, namely on the structural relationships between brain and braincase. Simon Neubauer focuses on brain evolution in ontogeny and phylogeny, dealing with the variations in brain size and shape. Natalie Uomini provides an archaeological perspective on behaviour. Erin Hecht and Dietrich Stout supply a detailed description of methods and topics in neuroarchaeology. Fred Coolidge, Tom Wynn, Leee Overmann and Jim Hicks present an overview in cognitive archaeology. A set of images by José Manuel de la Cuétara shows cranial and endocranial digital reconstructions of living apes and extinct hominids. Here a list of chapters and authors. This is a comprehensive collection of papers useful for anyone interested in approaching this field, good for teaching and helpful to present the current state-of-the-art of this discipline.

Language and hybrids

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We have published the new volume of the Journal of Anthropological Sciences (JASs 2013). It includes many papers on evolution and cognition, mainly on language. The volume  includes reviews on biolinguistics, language evolution, and reproductive isolation in Neandertals. There is a whole forum dedicated to language and hybridization in human evolution, with nine articles discussing issues in paleogenomics. Papers are, as usually, free to download.


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