Comparative Structure of the Cerebral Cortex in Large Mammals

M. A. Raghanti, E. L. Munger, B. Wicinski, C. Butti, P. R. Hof

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Comparative neuroanatomical studies have contributed substantial information about the brains of large mammals and expanded our understanding of cortical organization among species. In this chapter, we review some features of the largest extant mammals and include, where evidence is available, details about the organization and characteristics of the cerebral cortex, neuron morphology, subcortical structures, and cerebellum. We conclude with a brief discussion of putative cognitive and behavioral specializations associated with these species.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution of Nervous Systems
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780128040423
ISBN (Print)9780128040966
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


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  • Cetartiodactyl
  • Elephant
  • Encephalization
  • Giraffe
  • Hippopotamus
  • Mysticete
  • Odontocete
  • Whale


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