Scientists now have concrete proof of the correlation between locomotion patterns and brain complexities of vertebrates. This proof can come in handy to predict gene expression and the origin of neurons in the human brain. The results prove the existence of a specific brain type with shared similarities of the animals. According to the lead researcher Nicolas Di-Poï, the cerebellum is the most critical part of the brain. It plays a crucial role in locomotion of the vertebrates. Also, contributes the most in timing, precision, and accuracy of the movement of the animals. Di-Poï is working as Associate Professor at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki.
Previous researches have shown how behavior and ecological factors play an important role in the evolution of the animal brain. Factors such as diet, locomotion, and lifespan factors to understand the brain evolution of the brain. Moreover, these studies also show the relevance of ecological relevance and brain development in animals
How Scientists Were Able to Deduce the Results?
To accomplish the study, researchers at the University of Helsinki used advanced technologies such as high-definition scanning. Their subjects were birds and lizards and were put under scanners to get 3D images of their brains. Moreover, these subjects were also easy to find and test since they do not react to their surroundings. The results show that when kept in a controlled environment, the animals have a different brain evolution than those of the ones that grow independently.
Additionally, the study also suggests the physical structure such as limb size also correlates the development of the cerebellum. The new study can help researchers understand the brain development and allow them to understand human brains in the future.