The development of the mammalian brain, including the human brain, is inseparably linked with its evolution. Of particular interest is the development of the neocortex, the evolutionary youngest part of the cerebral cortex and the seat of vital functions such as sensory perception or higher-order cognition. The process of forming new neurons, called neurogenesis, is crucial to the formation and function of the neocortex.
A comprehensive overview of the complex process of neurogenesis in the developing neocortex and its evolutionary consequences is given in a new book edited by Wieland Huttner, Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. It has 33 chapters and discusses cortical progenitor cells and their lineages, neural patterning, cortical folding, variations and malformations of cortical development, as well as the generation of neurons and their migration to their functional positions. One chapter of the book was provided by Wieland Huttner and his research team.
“I am grateful to all the pioneers in the field for their wonderful contributions to this book.”
The book with the title “Neocortical Neurogenesis in Development and Evolution” is published by Wiley and available now.