Principles of Brain Evolution
by Georg F. Striedter
"This volume offers an enduring and succinct summary of the vast archive of morphological data that reveals the wondrous diversity of brains."
--Robert W. Doty, The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Georg Striedter has produced a wonderful book that discusses current understandings of brain evolution. Overall, this is a volume that most neuroscientists will enjoy reading, and some of them, myself included, will find it useful as a textbook for graduate students and advanced undergraduates."
--Jon H. Kaas, Nature Neuroscience
Brain evolution is a complex weave of species similarities and differences, bound by diverse rules or principles. This book is a detailed examination of these principles, using data from a wide array of vertebrates but minimizing technical details and terminology. It is written for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and more senior scientists who already know something about "the brain," but want a deeper understanding of how diverse brains evolved.
The book opens with a brief history of evolutionary neuroscience, then introduces the various groups of vertebrates and their major brain regions. The core of the text explores: what aspects of brain organization are conserved across the vertebrates; how brains and bodies changed in size as vertebrates evolved; how individual brain regions tend to increase or decrease in size; how regions can become structurally more (or less) complex; and how neuronal circuitry evolves.
ASIN : 0878938206
Publisher : Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 20, 2004)
Language : English
File: PDF, 32.57 MB