Why do humans take longer to mature than other animals?


Today’s Video of the Day from EurekAlert introduces a new theory on why humans take so much longer to mature compared to other warm-blooded species.

Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel of Vanderbilt University explains that the number of neurons in the cerebral cortex is the best predictor of how long a species can live.

This could provide an explanation for why humans take a relatively long time to mature, considering that we have more neurons in this region of the brain than other animals.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: EurekAlert


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