... From: Marc Verhaegen To: AAT@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 7:47 PM Subject: Re: [AAT] article ... I was told they once devoted an
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, Dec 1, 2009
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From: Marc Verhaegen
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 7:47 PM
Subject: Re: [AAT] article
>>I guess AAT is rel.well-known in Sweden.
I was told they once devoted an exhibition to it in the National Museum.
>>Did you know our ebook has been accepted? :-)
Yes - great news!
Here's another hypothesis I was told about. I don't remember hearing anything about this Boskop find, and 1913 was a long time ago.
What's your slant on it?
" In 2008 Gary Lynch and Richard Granger wrote Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence. Among the many fascinating theses they posit is the hypothesis that the humanly distinctive part of the brain, the neocortex, is built around the olefactory system of ancient vertebrates. One might surmise that since the olefactory capacity of marine mammals is so deficient, their exceptional brain expansion was apparently made possible by a reuse of that brain area, which fits tightly with your hypothesis.
The central focus of Big Brain is the collection of enormous skulls first found at Boskop in South Africa in 1913. The skeletons were of modern humans from about 30,000 to 10,000 years ago, but the brain capacities represented a stupendous evolutionary leap: 1800 to 1900 cubic centimeters. The modern range is 1100 to 1500 with an average of 1350. One of these was found in an excavated village whose graveyard contained many normal-skulled people; but, the great skull was buried in a tomb set apart and of more elaborate construction than the rest, which, of course, denotes the very special status of the occupant. The African genome displays a higher variability than any other and apparently made a jump into the future that has since been lost."
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