Great ape brains have a feature that we thought was unique to humans

By James Urquhart

Human, chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan brains aren’t so different after allSimon Neubauer, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0Our brains could have more in common with our ape cousins than previously thought, which might require us to rethink ideas on the evolution of brain specialism in our early human ancestors.
The left and right sides of our brains aren’t symmetrical; some areas on one side are larger or smaller, while other parts protrude more.
The pattern of these anatomical differences, or asymmetries, was thought to be uniquely human, originating when our brain hemispheres became specialised for certain tasks, such as processing language with the left side.


Now, it seems the pattern came first – before humans evolved. Brain pattern…

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