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Insectivora

With a Stereotaxic Atlas of the Hedgehog Brain

  • Heinz Stephan
  • Georg Baron
  • Heiko D. Frahm

Part of the Comparative Brain Research in Mammals book series (COMPBRAIN, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-3
  2. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 4-11
  3. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 12-24
  4. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 25-157
  5. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 158-297
  6. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 298-311
  7. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 312-317
  8. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 318-340
  9. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 341-343
  10. Heinz Stephan, Georg Baron, Heiko D. Frahm
    Pages 344-394
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 395-573

About this book

Introduction

This first volume in the series on "Comparative Brain Research in Mammals" deals with the brains of Insectivora. The importance of Insectivora lies above all in the fact that, (1) insectivore-like ancestors are regarded as the initial group for the evolution of higher mammals, and (2) the insectivore brains retained many conservative traits, though the animals have adapted to different living environments. Therefore, the study of Insectivora brains enables an insight into the size and composition of the brain structure of earlier ancestors of the higher mammals including primates and humans; in addition, it illumi­ nates the various evolutionary trends which made the successful adaptation to different biotopes possible. The alterations which the brain has experienced in the course of the phylo­ geny and the related adaptive radiation will be examined in the succeeding volumes on the brains of other Eutheria, e.g., bats (Volume 2) and primates (Volume 4). In Volume 3 the brains of marsupials will be compared with those of conservative and evolved Eutheria.

Keywords

adaptation anatomy animals brain cortex ethology evolution insects mammals morphology nervous system neuroanatomy phylogeny primates system

Authors and affiliations

  • Heinz Stephan
    • 1
  • Georg Baron
    • 2
  • Heiko D. Frahm
    • 3
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für HirnforschungFrankfurt a.M. 71 (Niederrad)Federal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Départment de Sciences BiologiquesUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Anatomisches Institut der UniversitätKöln 41Federal Republic of Germany

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