Human and Neanderthal brains share a surprising ‘youthful’ quality, new study finds

Human and Neanderthal brains share a surprising ‘youthful’ quality, new study finds

Human and Neanderthal brains share a surprising ‘youthful’ quality, new study finds

Many believe our particularly large brains are what make us human – but is there more to it? The shape of the brain, as well as the shapes of its components (lobes) can also be important.

Results of a study that we published Thursday January 5 in Nature Ecology & Evolution (opens in a new tab) show that the way different parts of the human brain have evolved separates us from our primate relatives. In a sense, our brain never grows. We share this “Peter Pan Syndrome” with only one other primate – Neanderthals.

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