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Survival of the fattest : the key to human brain evolution / Stephen C. Cunnane.

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Subject: Brain > Evolution.
Brain > Evolution > Nutritional aspects.
Body Weight.
Central Nervous System.
Signs and Symptoms.
Nervous System.
Pathological Conditions, Signs and Symptoms.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9812567704
  • ISBN: 9789812567703
  • ISBN: 9789812561916
  • ISBN: 9812561919
  • ISBN: 9789812563187
  • ISBN: 9812563180
  • ISBN: 1281880817
  • ISBN: 9781281880819
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 343 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: New Jersey : World Scientific, ©2005.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-308) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Foreword; Preface How Did the Human Brain Evolve?; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1 Human Evolution: A Brief Overview; Chapter 2 The Human Brain: Evolution of Larger Size and Plasticity; Chapter 3 Defining Characteristics: Vulnerability and High Energy Requirement; Chapter 4 Fatness in Human Babies: Critical Insurance for Brain Development; Chapter 5 Nutrition: The Key to Normal Brain Development; Chapter 6 Iodine: The Primary Brain Selective Nutrient; Chapter 7 Iron, Copper, Zinc and Selenium: The Other Brain Selective Minerals.
Summary: 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 develo.
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