Human quadrupedalism is not an epiphenomenon caused by neurodevelopmental malformation and ataxia

Tan, Prof. Dr. Uner (2012) Human quadrupedalism is not an epiphenomenon caused by neurodevelopmental malformation and ataxia. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Two cases with quadrupedal locomotion (QL) were presented. In both cases, cognitive and psychiatric functions were normal and, no neurological deficits were observed, except for a sequel paralysis of left leg in Case 2. It was suggested that human QL (1) should not be considered as an epiphenomenon caused by neurodevelopmental malformation and ataxia, but (2) may be considered as a re-emergence of the ancestral diagonal QL, and (3) it may spontaneously emerge in humans with entirely normal brains, by taking advantage of neural networks such as central pattern generators that have been preserved for about 400 million years.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Uner Tan syndrome, quadrupedalism, neural networks, self-organization, evolution, ataxia, cerebellum
Subjects:Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroscience > Neurology
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
ID Code:8982
Deposited By: Tan, Prof. Dr. Uner
Deposited On:17 Sep 2013 14:26
Last Modified:17 Sep 2013 14:26

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