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Brain DevelopmentNormal Processes and the Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine$
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Michael W. Miller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183139.001.0001

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Developmental Disorders and Evolutionary Expectations: Mechanisms of Resilience

Developmental Disorders and Evolutionary Expectations: Mechanisms of Resilience

(p.104) 7 Developmental Disorders and Evolutionary Expectations: Mechanisms of Resilience
Brain Development

Barbara L. Finlay

Jeremy C. Yost

Desmond T. Cheung

Oxford University Press

Every living organism can trace its lineage back to the unicellular organisms that first populated Earth. Humans are the descendants of creatures who have not only survived but successfully reproduced in the face of events such as gross atmospheric shifts, blasts of ionizing radiation, the impacts of comets, ice ages, global warming, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Any survivor of this wildly improbable lineage is made of tough stuff. This chapter examines the design features of the tough stuff of which we are made. It argues that only in this evolutionary context will disorders of development that sometimes emerge make mechanistic sense.

Keywords:   developmental disorders, evolutionary context, unicellular organisms

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