Evolution of the Human Skull

Let's think like a paleoneurologist, like Dr. Tilly Edinger! Try to rank the following Human skull endocasts from oldest to youngest.


Size diagrams of human like skulls of varying shapes and sizes
  • What did you base your ranking on?

  • Which factors do you think have caused our brains to evolve in this manner?

  • What environmental factors do you think are important to brain evolution?

  • How has our brain adapted to the greater complexity that our world presents?

  • How has our brain shape changed and how do you think this influences its function?


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Answer: E (Singe anthropoid), B (Astralopithecus africanuus), C (Homo Habilis), D (Homo erectus), A (Homo sapiens neandertalensis), F (Homo sapiens sapiens)