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Because the cerebellum is much more tightly folded than the cerebral cortex, it has never been fully reconstructed and unfolded. By scanning a preserved cerebellum at ultra-high magnetic fields, we showed its surface area has expanded even more than the surface area of the cerebral cortex when compared to monkeys.
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Why is it important?
The unusual expansion of the human cerebellum may in part be responsible for characteristically human behaviors such as intricate tool-making, language, complex social interactions, and efficient abstract thought.
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This page is a summary of: The human cerebellum has almost 80% of the surface area of the neocortex, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
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