Survival of the fattest : the key to human brain evolution / Stephen C. Cunnane.
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|Subject:||Brain > Evolution.
Brain > Evolution > Nutritional aspects.
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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.
|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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