Avian brains and a new understanding of vertebrate brain evolution.


Journal Article (Review)

We believe that names have a powerful influence on the experiments we do and the way in which we think. For this reason, and in the light of new evidence about the function and evolution of the vertebrate brain, an international consortium of neuroscientists has reconsidered the traditional, 100-year-old terminology that is used to describe the avian cerebrum. Our current understanding of the avian brain - in particular the neocortex-like cognitive functions of the avian pallium - requires a new terminology that better reflects these functions and the homologies between avian and mammalian brains.

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Cited Authors

  • Jarvis, ED; Güntürkün, O; Bruce, L; Csillag, A; Karten, H; Kuenzel, W; Medina, L; Paxinos, G; Perkel, DJ; Shimizu, T; Striedter, G; Wild, JM; Ball, GF; Dugas-Ford, J; Durand, SE; Hough, GE; Husband, S; Kubikova, L; Lee, DW; Mello, CV; Powers, A; Siang, C; Smulders, TV; Wada, K; White, SA; Yamamoto, K; Yu, J; Reiner, A; Butler, AB; Avian Brain Nomenclature Consortium,

Published Date

  • February 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 151 - 159

PubMed ID

  • 15685220

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15685220

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-003X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nrn1606


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England