Human skull and brain size compared to a chimpanzee's skull and brain size.
Studying brain evolution sheds light on the unique features of the human brain.
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Your selections: Evolution
Puberty is more than hormones and rebellion. The brain is changing too.
  • University of California
  • 4 min
Learn how the human brain evolved in this fun cartoon story.
  • Scientific American
The human brain has been compared to a lizard's brain, a jellyfish's brain, and now it is being compared to an ice cream cone.
  • NPR
How did we go from a small group of neurons to the brains we have now?
  • YouTube
While they share similar features, no two animal brains are exactly alike.
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  • 10 min
Dr. Jerald Harris is Professor of Geology and Director of Paleontology at Dixie State College, and an expert in the esoteric science of identifying fossil footprints (ichnology). From these empty impressions in stone, he brings to life the extinct animals that made them millions of years before man first walked the earth.
Long-necked Sauropods, like Brontosaurus, were the largest animals on earth, but their brain, not their leg strength, is what kept them from getting any bigger.
It's not just size that matters for brain power.
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This website looks at seven mammal brains and determines if their size is what makes them smarter.
  • The Brain From Top to Bottom
This iconograph and worksheet helps students learn about dopamine and the evolution of our reward centers to help with survival.
  • Scholastic
The scientist discusses his shocking research with electric fish.
  • People Behind the Science
  • 34 min
The human brain is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a huge amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why?
  • TED
  • 14 min

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.