Title

Hominid Brain Expansion and Reproductive Success

Publication Title

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Publication Date

4-2001

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X01343959

Keywords

hominid brain expansion, reproductive success

Disciplines

Anthropology

Abstract

Although many aspects of human cognition are likely to be “spandrels” passively affiliated with the primary impetus for hominid brain expansion during the Plio-Pleistocene, that expansion was most likely generated and maintained not by “housekeeping” functions but by improved capacities of reproductive success, especially survivorship.