Brain’s movement control centre may have had key role in our evolution

The cerebellum may have had a larger role in human evolution than once thought

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The key to human evolution may have been at the back of our minds all along – literally. Some of the biggest biochemical differences between human brains and those of other primates are found in the cerebellum, a region at the rear of the brain that has often been overlooked in evolutionary studies.

The finding adds to growing evidence that changes to the cerebellum have been crucial for the origin of the human mind.

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