Los Angeles Times

Can simulating evolution on a computer explain our enormous brains?

Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, the human brain is way out of whack.

Our brains are roughly six times larger than what you would expect for a placental mammal of our stature, scientists say.

And no other animal has a brain as large as ours relative to body size.

So why did humans evolve to have such large brains when other animals did not?

It's a question that evolutionary biologists and anthropologists have been trying to answer for decades.

Our giant brains must have helped our ancestors survive in the African savannah where the first modern humans evolved, but they also came at a metabolic cost.

The human brain represents just

Você está lendo uma amostra, registre-se para ler mais.

Mais de Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesLeitura de 2 mins
Bernie Sanders Criticizes Baseball's Plan To Eliminate 42 Minor League Teams
LOS ANGELES - The fight against baseball's plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams hit California on Wednesday, when Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a statement in support of the Lancaster JetHawks. "Closing down Minor League
Los Angeles TimesLeitura de 3 mins
Rams' Eric Weddle Won't Divulge Secrets About Ravens: 'That's Just Not Who I Am'
LOS ANGELES - Strong bonds developed during Eric Weddle's three seasons playing for the Baltimore Ravens. He loved his teammates and coaches, and an organization that helped him rejuvenate his career and treated his family extremely well. Those ties
Los Angeles TimesLeitura de 1 minsPolitics
Booker Says Black Democrats Are Tired Of Being Taken For Granted During Presidential Campaigns
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker channeled the frustrations of many African Americans across the country by saying in the debate Wednesday that "black voters are pissed off and they're worried" about the Democrats' ability to win the 2020 presidential ele