Effects of the natural and sexual selection on the evolution of the human mind

Sašilo, Kristijan (2010) Effects of the natural and sexual selection on the evolution of the human mind. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Evolution of the human mind is one of the most complex mysteries of the modern science. Why it had evolved and how? Why today can we find such an organ in only one living species on the planet and what orchestrated its development? While authors like Cunnane say that natural selection (through adaptations to everyday challengens of the environment) and change in diet (increase in meat consumption) are two major driving forces of human brain evolution, others, like Miller, postulate that sexual selection, through the process of escape and the handicap principle, is the most responsible for the evolution of the human brain as a sexual ornament and a fitness indicator of the individual. This paper contains brief overview of the most important aspects of the human evolution, as well as the evolutionary forces (with special emphasis on sexual selection) which shaped the human brain. This paper supports the theory that sexual selection (through a few distinct processes) probably was the major driving force of the evolution of the human mind.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Kalafatić, Mirjana
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 17
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 11:13
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 11:13
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3450

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