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The evolution of cerebral asymmetry in Homo Sapiens

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 29023

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 March 2010

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 099 999

  • EU contribution

    € 1 099 999

Coordinated by:

ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

Belgium

Objective

The essence of being human is the ability to communicate with language. This project addresses the questions what is the neural correlate of the capacity for language and what was the genetic nature of the transitions from a great ape-hominid precursor to modern H sapiens' Paul Broca's hypothesis that asymmetry (the "torque") is the feature that defines the human brain will be investigated in skull and brain structure will be addressed. The project is informed by the hypothesis that a genetic determinant is located in a region of X-Y homology subject to change in the hominid lineage and that a series of changes in the Xq21.3/Yp sapiens-specific region of homology that includes the ProtocadherinX and ProtocadherinY gene pair influenced the timing and form of brain development. The project investigates these hypotheses through great ape-human comparisons of
- skull and brain structure including asymmetries,
- asymmetries of cellular structure of association cortex,
- of the structure and organization of inter-hemispheric connexions.

Coordinator

ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

Address

Leuvensesteenweg 13
Tervuren

Belgium

Participants (4)

SANE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY DARMSTADT

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 29023

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 March 2010

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 099 999

  • EU contribution

    € 1 099 999

Coordinated by:

ROYAL MUSEUM FOR CENTRAL AFRICA

Belgium