Conversing with the past: how evolution shaped the human mind

A team of researchers including IMP group leader Wulf Haubensak reconstructed the evolutionary history of human brain functions. They combined genetic and brain network data to reveal the impact of natural selection on the human and hominin minds over millions of years. In the journal Cell Reports, they highlight the cognitive traits that have been the most important in the evolution of archaic hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and modern humans.