Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution (Hardback)
  • Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution (Hardback)

Survival of the Fattest: The Key to Human Brain Evolution (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 01/05/2005
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How did humans evolve larger and more sophisticated brains?In general, evolution depends on a special combination of circumstances: part genetics, part time, and part environment. In the case of human brain evolution, the main environmental influence was adaptation to a 'shore-based' diet, which provided the world's richest source of nutrition, as well as a sedentary lifestyle that promoted fat deposition. Such a diet included shellfish, fish, marsh plants, frogs, bird's eggs, etc. Humans and, and more importantly, hominid babies started to get fat, a crucial distinction that led to the development of larger brains and to the evolution of modern humans. A larger brain is expensive to maintain and this increasing demand for energy results in, succinctly, survival of the fattest.

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
ISBN: 9789812561916

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