The Evolution of Neurons

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Any examination of neuron evolution comes up against the question of how to recognise a neuron. In this review the focus is on what neurons do as opposed to what they "are". Restrictions based on structure are avoided. However the primary role of a neuron is "communication and integration", a function that depends on an electric field generated by a precise anatomical structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Evolutionary Neuroscience
EditorsStephen Shepherd
Place of PublicationChicester, UK
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9781118316573
ISBN (Print)9781119994695
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Neuronal evolution
  • invertebrate behaviour
  • Ion Channels
  • Integration
  • Electrophysiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Cnidaria
  • Porifera
  • Ctenophora
  • Neurophysiology


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