Fossil Evidence on the Evolution of the Neocortex

  • Harry J. Jerison
Part of the Cerebral Cortex book series (CECO, volume 8A)


Yes, there is fossil evidence. That is the most surprising thing. The story the fossils tell is less surprising, because it is consistent with what one learns from living species by accepting the consensus about which are primitive and which are advanced (Sarnat and Netsky, 1974). There are a few other surprises, however, which may make this chapter worth reading.


Olfactory Bulb Brain Size Living Species Fossil Evidence Relative Brain Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry J. Jerison
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesUniversity of California, School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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