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Your big brain makes you human – count your neurons when you count your blessings

 

December 1, 2019



(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Suzana Herculano-Houzel, Vanderbilt University

(THE CONVERSATION) Here's something new to consider being thankful for at the dinner table: the long evolutionary journey that gave you your big brain and your long life.

Courtesy of our primate ancestors that invented cooking over a million years ago, you are a member of the one species able to afford so many cortical neurons in its brain. With them come the extended childhood and the pushing century-long lifespan that together ma...



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