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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Stories about evolution are compelling because they fit with our very human need for a linear narrative, but evolution possesses distinctive non-linearities driven by its agent, natural selection.
Somewhere between single-celled organisms and human beings, brains evolved. Just why and how is still shrouded in mystery.
What can the cuttlefish’s remarkable camouflage abilities teach us about vision?
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  • 4 min
Animals have evolved visual systems that are uniquely suited to their survival needs. See how human vision stacks up to the visual systems of other animals.
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  • 3 min
Researchers are studying what happens in the brains of people and other animals when laughing to gain deeper insight into human behavior and its evolution.
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  • 1 min
The human brain is the crowning achievement of evolution. But what makes it so special?
  • The Dana Foundation
The primate retina passes information about rapid movement to the brain.
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A research team led by Carnegie Mellon neuroscientist Alison Barth has used the automated technology to identify new, previously unidentified pathways activated when the brain rewires its circuits in response to experience
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How does the brain track smells? Scientists use the olfactory system in insects to study how the brain responds to and processes different odors.

3D Brain

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