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Introducing the Evolution of Nervous Systems, 2nd Edition

By: , Posted on: September 1, 2016

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This timely new edition of Evolution of Nervous Systems is a unique major reference which offers the gold standard for those interested in evolution and in nervous systems.


Jon Kaas, Distinguished Centennial Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

Pub Date: December 2016

All biology only makes sense when seen in the light of evolution, and this is especially true for the nervous system. All animals have nervous systems that mediate their behaviors, many of them species specific, yet these nervous systems all evolved from the simple nervous system of a common ancestor. To understand these nervous systems, we need to know how they vary and how this variation emerged in evolution.

Completely revised and updated to reflect state-of-the-art knowledge of how nervous systems evolved throughout the animal kingdom, this second edition remains rich in detail and broad in scope. It outlines the changes in brain and nervous system organization that occurred from the first invertebrates and vertebrates to present day fishes, reptiles, birds, mammals, and especially primates, including humans.

Evolution of Nervous Systems, Second Edition, includes wholly new content, fully updating the chapters in the previous edition and offering brand new content on current developments in the field. Each of the volumes has been carefully restructured to offer expanded coverage of non-mammalian taxa, mammals, primates and the human nervous system. The basic principles of brain evolution are discussed, as well as mechanisms of change, which involved gene expression and altered the courses of embryonic development. The reader can select from chapters on highly specific topics as well as those providing an overview of current thinking and approaches, making this an indispensable work for students and researchers alike.

In honor of the new edition we are giving you a free download of the article A History of Ideas in Evolutionary Neuroscience from the first edition:

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