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Sex Hormones and Human Evolution

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 68 Nombre de pages
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Human evolution is characterized by a dramatic volume and complexity increase of brain which origin higher cognitive abilities. In this work, we suggest the hypothesis that small genetic alterations, associated with endocrine metabolic advantages, could explain human brain evolution. Changes in metabolism of neuroactive hormones, i.e, tiroid and sex hormones that are responsible for brain function and development, may possibly explain not only higher human intelligence but also others human phenotypic characteristics. In this sense, we argue that principal genes of human intelligence are localized in the X chromosome and are related to neuroactive hormones metabolism. Thus, the aim of our investigation is to understand some issues in biological anthropology that are not yet well clarified such as why human babies are so fat, why human parturition is so painful and why men tend to marry women who are more intelligent than themselves. In a first analysis, the results of our studies seeming to support the endocrine changes hypothesis for the human evolution.

Auteur

Hamilton Correia is a professor of human biology. Has developed research at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in human evolution and lifespan extension. Sandra Balseiro is a professor of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics at S.School Health of Castelo Branco. Has several peer-reviewed publications in the field of human genetics.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Sex Hormones and Human Evolution
Sous-titre: A new perspective for the origin of human intelligence
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Code EAN: 9783639172843
ISBN: 978-3-639-17284-3
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Genre: Biologie
nombre de pages: 68
Poids: g
Taille: H220mm x B220mm
Année: 2009