Evolution of the occipital lobe

Todorov, O.S and de Sousa, A.A ORCID: 0000-0003-2379-3894 (2017) 'Evolution of the occipital lobe.' In: Bruner, E, Ogihara, N and Tanabe, H, eds. Digital endocasts. Springer, Tokyo, pp. 259-273. ISBN 9784431565802

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-56582-6_17


In this chapter, we review and summarize the current body of knowledge on the anatomy, function, and evolution of the occipital lobes in humans, with reference to the brains of other key species. The anatomical landmarks that can be used to delineate the occipital lobe have been defined and explored in detail, and its functional significance in regard to visual processing has been elucidated. We give an overview of the current understanding about the evolution of the occipital lobe in primates from comparative perspective and present findings related to cortical reorganization, reduction, folding, and gyrification in the primate lineage over evolutionary time. Implications for further directions of inquiry that might shed light on less clear issues are also suggested.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section

Part of the 'Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans' book series.

Keywords: occipital lobe, human evolution, vision, paleoneurology. comparative psychology, neuroanatomy
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: School of Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-56582-6_17
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 15:03
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2023 05:30
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/10718
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