Asymmetries of the Brains and Skulls of Nonhuman Primates

  • Marjorie LeMay
  • Michael S. Billig
  • Norman Geschwind


Morphological asymmetries in the bodies and facies of modern man have long been recognized, but only during the past 10 years has attention been given to the numerous anatomical asymmetries that are present in the human brain. In the past few years both functional and specific morphological cerebral asymmetries have also been noted in nonhuman primates and other vertebrates (Dewson, 1977; Glick et al., 1977; Nottebohm, 1970; Webster, 1972; Webster and Webster, 1974). The present study reviews the cerebral and cranial asymmetries that have been reported in the past and also presents some new findings made on endocranial casts of a number of nonhuman primate skulls.


Frontal Lobe Nonhuman Primate World Monkey Transverse Sinus Sylvian Fissure 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjorie LeMay
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Michael S. Billig
  • Norman Geschwind
  1. 1.Department of Radiology (ML)Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anthropology (MSB)Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Neurology (NG)Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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