Today's many different nervous systems illustrate a major conundrum in evolutionary theory: do neurons and brains share common descent (homology) or do they derive from independent (homoplasic) origins? The aim of this meeting is to clarify and discuss evidence for homologous brain segments and circuits across phyla, as well as competing evidence for and against independent origins of nervous systems.
Abstracts and biographies of the organisers and speakers are available below. A selection of papers from the meeting will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions B.
Attending this event
This meeting has already taken place. Recorded audio of the presentations can be found below.
The meeting was preceded by the discussion meeting Origin and evolution of the nervous system held at the Royal Society, London.
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