Brain energetics and evolution

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (2):280-281 (2001)
The human brain does not use more energy than the smaller brains of animals of comparable corporal weight. Uniquely, human functions localized largely in parts of the human brain that show greatest size increase over other animals may be mediated primarily by nonsynaptic neurotransmission, with reduced energy cost per kilogram of brain. This may affect the energetic constraints on evolution
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X01243957
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