Seminar 2: Prof Paul Manger- the Five Evolutions of Large Brains in Mammals

The Five Evolutions of Large Brains in Mammals: Humans, Elephants, Cetaceans, Seals and Camels

Thursday 25 May 2017
5 pm

PRESENTER

Professor Paul Manger, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Anatomical Sciences.

VENUE

The Resource Centre, Wits School of Public Health, 7 York Road, Parktown

Entrances: York Road and east side of Wits Education Campus Google Map
Parking on Wits Education Campus and at Wits Medical School

Seminar Summary:
Humans have large brains, and so do whales, dolphins and elephants. But when do we consider a brain to be “large” and does increased brain size evolve for the same purpose in each of these species? This lecture will explore the definition of large brain size and the multiple independent evolutions of large brains across mammals.

THE NEXT SEMINAR IN THE SERIES WILL BE ON Friday 18th August

PRESENTER: Professor Mark Solms, Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town
The present and future of clinical neuroscience in South Africa.

BRAIN MATTERS SEMINARS

The past, present and future of neuroscience in southern Africa

The Brain Matters Seminars are a joint initiative of the University of the Witwatersrand, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), the Southern African Neuroscience Society (SANS) and the Wits Cortex Club.

This is an interdisciplinary seminar series that explores the past, present and future of neuroscience in southern Africa, with the aim of building a network of researchers that are dedicated to advancing the field in this region.

There will be five seminars held in April, May, August, October and December 2017. These seminars will have a multidisciplinary neuroscience focus and will cover topics that are both locally relevant and internationally significant.

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