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New Perspectives on Neurobehavioral Evolution

ISBN: 978-1-57331-807-5
204 pages
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume derives from a conference on New Studies in Neurobehavioral Evolution, convened as a tribute to the life work and influence of Wally Welker, an outstanding student of the evolutionary relationships of specializations of brains and behavior of mammals.  Studies in fields of Welker’s major contributions are presented, including the importance of observing developmental aspects of brain-behavior relationships; documentation of the elaboration of distinctive sensorimotor circuits to enable behavioral adaptations to, and manipulations of, novel environments; morphological correlates of advanced cerebral circuitry; and the invention, as a result of evolutionary processes, of more complex levels of perception and behavioral exploitation of distinctive environments, such as emergence in evolution of what we know as an autonomous mind, along with other intellectual capabilities.  These contemporary studies have been conducted by Welker’s colleagues, his and their students, students of the students, and others from different backgrounds carrying out related investigations.

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Introduction and acknowledgments
John Irwin Johnson

Wally Welker and neurobehavioral evolution: an appreciation and bibliography
H. Philip Zeigler

Evolution of the amniote pallium and the origins of mammalian neocortex
Ann B. Butler, Anton Reiner and Harvey J. Karten

Neocortex in early mammals and its subsequent variations
Jon H. Kaas

Neocortical neuron morphology in Afrotheria: comparing the rock hyrax with the African elephant
Serena Bianchi, Amy L. Bauernfeind, Kanika Gupta, Cheryl D. Stimpson, Muhammad A. Spocter, Christopher J. Bonar, Paul R. Manger, Patrick R. Hof, Bob Jacobs and Chet C. Sherwood

The neocortex of cetaceans: cytoarchitecture and comparison with other aquatic and terrestrial species
Camilla Butti, Mary Ann Raghanti, Chet C. Sherwood and Patrick R. Hof

The von Economo neurons in the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex
John M. Allman, Nicole A. Tetreault, Atiya Y. Hakeem, Kebreten F. Manaye, Katerina Semendeferi, Joseph M. Erwin, Soyoung Park, Virginie Goubert and Patrick R. Hof

Significance of the insula for the evolution of human awareness of feelings from the body
A. D. (Bud) Craig

The brain and behavior of the tentacled snake
Kenneth C. Catania

Mammalian tactile hair: divergence from a limited distribution
Diana K. Sarko, Frank L. Rice and Roger L. Reep

Manatee vibrissae: evidence for a "lateral line" function
Roger L. Reep, Joseph C. Gaspard III, Diana Sarko, Frank L. Rice, David A. Mann and Gordon B. Bauer

A night in the life of a rat: vibrissal mechanics and tactile exploration
Mitra J. Z. Hartmann

How do barrels form in somatosensory cortex?
Hong Li and Michael C. Crair

Functional implications of tactile projection patterns to the lateral hemispheres of the cerebellum of the albino rat: the legacy of Wally Welker
James M. Bower

Taking advantage of behavioral changes during development and training to assess sensory coding mechanisms
Emma C. Sarro, Merri J. Rosen and Dan H. Sanes

Coevolution in communication senders and receivers: vocal behavior and auditory processing in multiple songbird species
Sarah M. N. Woolley and Jordan M. Moore

Evolution of mirror systems: a simple mechanism for complex cognitive functions
Luca Bonini and Pier Francesco Ferrari

Modeling the evolution of cortico-cerebellar systems in primates
Jeroen B. Smaers, James Steele and Karl Zilles

Brains matter, bodies maybe not: the case for examining neuron numbers irrespective of body size
Suzana Herculano-Houzel

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