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This volume derives from a conference on New Studies in Neurobehavioral Evolution, convened as a tribute to the life work and influence of Wally Welker, an outstanding student of the evolutionary relationships of specializations of brains and behavior of mammals. Studies in fields of Welker's major contributions are presented, including the importance of observing developmental aspects of brain-behavior relationships; documentation of the elaboration of distinctive sensorimotor circuits to enable behavioral adaptations to, and manipulations of, novel environments; morphological correlates of advanced cerebral circuitry; and the invention, as a result of evolutionary processes, of more complex levels of perception and behavioral exploitation of distinctive environments, such as emergence in evolution of what we know as an autonomous mind, along with other intellectual capabilities. These contemporary studies have been conducted by Welker's colleagues, his and their students, students of the students, and others from different backgrounds carrying out related investigations. NOTE: Annals volumes are available for sale as individual books or as a journal. For information on institutional journal subscriptions, please click here. ACADEMY MEMBERS: Please contact the New York Academy of Sciences directly to place your order (www.nyas.org). Members of the New York Academy of Science receive full-text access to the Annals online and discounts on print volumes. Please visit http://www.nyas.org/MemberCenter/Join.aspx for more information about becoming a member.
Table of Contents
Introduction and acknowledgments
Wally Welker and neurobehavioral evolution: an appreciation and bibliography
Evolutionary perspectives: forebrain structure
Evolution of the amniote pallium and the origins of mammalian neocortex
Neocortex in early mammals and its subsequent variations
Neocortical neuron morphology in Afrotheria: comparing the rock hyrax with the African elephant
The neocortex of cetaceans: cytoarchitecture and comparison with other aquatic and terrestrial species
The von Economo neurons in the frontoinsular and anterior cingulate cortex
Significance of the insula for the evolution of human awareness of feelings from the body
Evolution of function and maps in the somatosensory system
The brain and behavior of the tentacled snake
Mammalian tactile hair: divergence from a limited distribution
Manatee vibrissae: evidence for a ôlateral lineö function
A night in the life of a rat: vibrissal mechanics and tactile exploration
How do barrels form in somatosensory cortex?
Functional implications of tactile projection patterns to the lateral hemispheres of the cerebellum of the albino rat: the legacy of Wally Welker
Evolution of behavior: some causes and consequences of aspects of brain evolution
Taking advantage of behavioral changes during development and training to assess sensory coding mechanisms
Coevolution in communication senders and receivers: vocal behavior and auditory processing in multiple songbird species
Evolution of mirror systems: a simple mechanism for complex cognitive functions
Modeling the evolution of cortico-cerebellar systems in primates
Brains matter, bodies maybe not: the case for examining neuron numbers irrespective of body size
Corrigendum for Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 1124: 239-261
Erratum for Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 1219: 73-98
Corrigendum for Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 1161: 526-536
Corrigendum for Ann. N. Y Acad. Sci. 1220: 137-148
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