In this thesis, supervised by CENIEH researchers Emiliano Bruner and José Mª Bermúdez de Castro, the evolution of the frontal and parietal regions of the human brain and cranium are studied through the application of geometric morphometry and biomedical imaging
This morning, Ana Sofía Pereira Pedro passed the viva voce for her doctoral thesis, entitled Functional craniology and human evolution: structural relationships and spatial organization in the evolution of the fronto-parietal areas, supervised by the researchers Emiliano Bruner, head of the Paleoneurobiology Group, and José María Bermúdez de Castro, Coordinator of the Paleobiology Group, both at the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH).
Within the paleoneurology area, this thesis centers on the evolution of the frontal and parietal regions of the human brain and cranium. The structural relationships between brain and orbits and the anatomical and morphological variation of the parietal lobes are investigated, by applying methods of geometric morphometry and biomedical imaging (MRI and CAT) in modern humans, fossil hominins and non-human primates.
The jury, chaired by Markus Bastir, of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, and also made up of Rebeca García González, of the Universidad de Burgos, Yann Heuzé, of the University of Bordeaux, Neus Martínez Abadías, of the Universidad de Barcelona, and Daniel Martínez García, of the CENIEH, awarded the new Universidad de Burgos doctor the mark of "Sobresaliente".