Biology Magazine

Our Brains Are Shrinking

Posted on the 02 August 2013 by Reprieve @EvoAnth

The good folks over at superscholar sent me this fascinating infograph, showing how our brains have actually been shrinking over the past 10,000 years. Enjoy.

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Our brains are shrinking

Given this decreasing brain size doesn’t result in a reduced EQ I suspect the answer may have something to do with the fact that our brains are very expensive, requiring 20% of our daily caloric intake. Any steps evolution can take to reduce the energy used by the brain but still retain the benefits of having a high EQ would be highly beneficial.

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