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Why are there so many explanations for primate brain evolution?

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The question as to why primates have evolved unusually large brains has received much attention, with many alternative proposals all supported by evidence. We review the main hypotheses, the assumptions they make and the evidence for and against them. Taking as our starting point the fact that every hypothesis has sound empirical evidence to support it, we argue that the hypotheses are best interpreted in terms of a framework of evolutionary causes (selection factors), consequences (evolution...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1098/rstb.2016.0244

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
ORCID:
0000-0002-9982-9702
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ORCID:
0000-0002-7135-4880
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Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences Journal website
Volume:
372
Issue:
1727
Pages:
20160244
Publication date:
2017-07-03
Acceptance date:
2017-03-02
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8436
Pubs id:
pubs:708823
URN:
uri:08ecb921-be49-453f-a079-680ee9de3170
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uuid:08ecb921-be49-453f-a079-680ee9de3170
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pubs:708823

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