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Brains Through Time: A Natural History of Vertebrates

Georg F. Striedter and R. Glenn Northcutt


Much is conserved in vertebrate evolution, but significant changes in the nervous system occurred at the origin of vertebrates and in most of the major vertebrate lineages. This book examines these innovations and relates them to evolutionary changes in other organ systems, animal behavior, and ecological conditions at the time. The resulting perspective clarifies what makes the major vertebrate lineages unique and helps explain their varying degrees of ecological success. One of the book’s major conclusions is that vertebrate nervous systems are more diverse than commonly assumed, at least am ... More

Keywords: evolution, phylogeny, neuroscience, neurobiology, neuroanatomy, functional morphology, paleoecology, homology, endocast, brain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780195125689
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195125689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georg F. Striedter, author
Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine

R. Glenn Northcutt, author
Dept. of Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego