[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: Brain size does not = intelligence in humans?
Quoting David Marjanovic <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
"[Our brains] have got bigger but they're not getting bigger," he says.
"In fact since the late Pleistocene in general they've got smaller."
I think this is taking the Neandertalers into account, which had -- on
average -- bigger brains, both in absolute and relative measures, than
Neanderthal brains differed from those of H.sapiens in having a much
larger occipital region at the back. Since the occipital region of the
brain tends to be involved in sensory processing, the 'larger' brains
of Neanderthals needn't have made them more intelligent than us
sappies - it probably just gave them much keener senses than us.
GIS / Archaeologist http://heretichides.soffiles.com
Melbourne, Australia http://www.geocities.com/dannsdinosaurs