Talk Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Enard

Talk Wolfgang Enard, Seewiesen

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Wolfgang Enard, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich:Molecular perspective on speech and language evolution

  • Datum: 14.12.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Vortragender: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Enard
  • Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
  • Ort: Seewiesen
  • Raum: Seminar Room House 4, Tea & Coffee 12:30h
  • Gastgeber: Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr
  • Kontakt: gahr@orn.mpg.de
Humans are a remarkable species, especially because of the remarkable properties of their brain. Since the split from the chimpanzee lineage, the human brain has acquired abilities to better vocally learn and to use language. To better understand the molecular basis of these changes is of great biological and biomedical interest. However, all the about 16 million fixed genetic changes that occurred during human evolution are fully correlated with all molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioral changes that occurred during this time. Hence, as humans and chimpanzees cannot be crossed or genetically manipulated, no direct evidence for linking particular genetic and molecular changes to human brain evolution can be obtained. Here, I sketch a framework how indirect evidence can be obtained and discuss in particular findings related to the speech-associated gene FOXP2.
 
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