Survival of the Fattest
The Key to Human Brain EvolutionBook - 2005
"In general, evolution depends on a special combination of circumstances: part genetics, part time, and part environment. In the case of human brain evolution, the main environmental influence was adaptation to a 'shore-based' diet, which provided the world's richest source of nutrition, as well as a sedentary lifestyle that promoted fat deposition. Such a diet included shellfish, fish, marsh plants, frogs, bird's eggs, etc. Humans and, more importantly, hominid babies started to get fat, a crucial distinction that led to the development of larger brains and to the evolution of modern humans. A larger brain is expensive to maintain and this increasing demand for energy results in, succinctly, survival of the fattest."--Jacket.
Publisher: New Jersey :, World Scientific,, 2005
Call Number: 612.8 C9171s
Characteristics: xvii, 343 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm