Lieu: Paris + visio

AbstractIf life was to emerge on a “second Earth”, how could human-like intelligent evolve again? What are the necessary conditions for the evolution of higher-order cognitive functions? Comparative analyses of brains of living animals will give insights to answer such questions. Based on our previous studies, it has become evident that similar behavioral phenotypes found in different vertebrate groups are more often than previously thought the consequence of convergent evolution. Our current project aims to reveal common neuroanatomical factors shared in tool-using species in mammals, birds, and teleosts focusing on 1) multi-sensory integration, 2) encephalization, 3) object manipulation. I will discuss some of our recent results and ongoing project.