Posts Tagged 'paleoneurology'

The case of Jebel Irhoud 1

Bruner and Pearson 2013The 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.

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.



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  • Craniovascular traits
    This month we have published a review on craniovascular traits and anthropology, freely available to download from the Journal of Anthropological Sciences. The article describes many vascular traits that can be analyzed on skulls, through the traces they leave on the bone surface or within the bone itself. The traces of the middle meningeal vessels, […]

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