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‘Of mice and men -­ and birds, too: how to pack lots of neurons in tiny brains, and why that should matter

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Brain size varies by over 100,000 times – and that’s across mammals alone. How does diversity in brain size come about in evolution? Are there any regularities across species, that is, characteristics that are shared by all mammalian brains, whatever their size or the species to which they belong? Conversely, are there characteristics that are particular to some mammalian groups, but not others? What are the rules that govern how brains are built?

At the Laboratory of Comparative Neuroanatomy we use quantitative morphological approaches to investigate the diversity of the nervous system across animals, its evolution and developmental origins.

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