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The evolution of the brain and intelligent behaviour in mammals

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 21st January 2021 / Online event
Type: Webinar / Category: Department
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Brains are the biological basis of intelligence, but they do not fossilize. Hence, how can we study its evolution? To meaningfully study the evolution of intelligence, we need to compare functionally relevant brain areas and neural networks across species. By knowing the genetic relatedness of those species in the phylogenetic tree, we can statistically model and infer the changes in evolutionary time of those brain areas and networks that allow specific cognitive specializations. This approach is highly multidisciplinary, connecting neurobiology, neuroanatomy, and comparative phylogenetics. The latest results in Evolutionary Neuroscience will be discussed, as well as the applications of this crucial knowledge in Anthropology and beyond. This webinar features Nicolas Wiggenhauser from Stony Brook University.