About this Research Topic
The title of the Research Topic, Adaptive Function and Brain Evolution, stresses the importance of comparative studies to understand brain function and, the reverse, of considering brain function to properly understand brain evolution. This issues should be taken into account when using animals in the research of mental function and dysfunction. The papers of this Research Topic are focused onto the following four Grand Questions of comparative neurobiology:
1) How are different brains built during ontogeny?;
2) What is the anatomical organization of mature brains and how can they be compared?;
3) How do brains work to accomplish their function of ensuring survival and, ultimately, reproductive success?;
4) How have brains evolved during phylogeny?.
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