The cranial morphology of Jebel Irhoud 1 still lacks a robust phylogenetic interpretation. Together with Osbjorn Pearson, we have just published on Anthropological Science a general synthesis on its neurocranial features. If we assume that this fossil is somehow related to the modern human lineage, the derived facial anatomy and plesiomorph neurocranial form lead to two main points. First, this braincase evolved by parallelism in both modern humans and Neandertal lineage, or else there is a unknown common ancestor with the same neurocranial organization. Second, the origin of the modern human brain is not strictly associated with the origin of the modern human lineage.
Posts Tagged 'paleoneurology'
Tags: braincase, Jebel Irhoud 1, neurocranial evolution, paleoneurology
Almost twenty years ago they told me I can’t work on the human brain because I was a student in Biology, and not in Medicine or Psychology. Therefore I step in from the back-door, with a PhD Thesis in Animal Biology focused in Paleoneurology. Now I direct a laboratory in this field, and I teach this discipline. And I do research on human brain. In this blog I will just keep you informed on some personal progresses. And on some news in human brain evolution.