In my previous post, The evolution of intelligence: Do we know how to study it?, I have proposed an operative definition of intelligence to study the cognitive adaptations across species. I also insisted that the only way to do that is via comparative neuroanatomy. Understanding the brain is of crucial importance, especially in the light of the current events: growing stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the adverse effects of social isolation, and the lack of certainties in our foreseeable future. Neuroscience is considered to be the science of the XXI century.

The brain is the most complex structure ever…


It is 2017. A 26-year-old me was exploring New York City for the very first time. As a biological anthropologist, I had a strong desire to visit the Bronx Zoo. On that hot summer afternoon at the beginning of September, I headed directly to the Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit. Despite my interest in the evolution of intelligence and complex behavior, that long-lasting curiosity that I was able to transform into a career, I have never seen these majestic animals live before. What I perceived that day changed my life forever. A large silverback gorilla looked directly at my eyes, establishing…

Nicolás Wiggenhauser

An anthropologist studying the evolution of intelligence and learning in animals. Passionately connecting Neuroscience with Evolutionary Biology. New York, NY.

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