Early Primate Brain Evolution

  • John A. Gurche


In attempting to understand the evolutionary development of the primate brain, we might ultimately wish to identify evolutionary changes (both quantitative and organizational) in the brain during the course of primate evolution and answer questions about adaptive significance and selection pressures involved. How far can the current evidence go toward providing such an understanding? Two main bodies of evidence currently available come from the study of the brains of living primates (comparative neurobiology) and from the study of fossil endocranial casts (paleoneurology). In this paper I will focus on what the fossil record currently can tell us about brain evolution in early prosimian primates.


Olfactory Bulb Brain Size Brain Weight Cerebellar Volume Double Logarithmic Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Gurche
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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