New insights into human nervous system's evolution

Biologists at Heidelberg University announced Tuesday that nerve cell centralisation does begin in multicellular animals.

IANS| Last Updated: Dec 23, 2014, 20:14 PM IST
New insights into human nervous system's evolution

Berlin: Biologists at Heidelberg University announced Tuesday that nerve cell centralisation does begin in multicellular animals.

While searching for the origin of the human brain, Heidelberg researchers gained new insights into the evolution of the central nervous system (CNS) and its highly developed biological structures.

Using certain genes and signal factors, the team led by Thomas Holstein of the Centre for Organismal Studies demonstrated how the origin of nerve cell centralisation can be traced back to the diffuse nerve net of simple and original lower animals like the sea anemone.

"This can be considered as the birth of centralisation of the neuronal network on the path to the complex brains of vertebrates," Xinhua quoted Holstein as saying.

The research results also indicate that the origin of a central nervous system is closely linked to the evolution of the body axis, said Holstein.

The results of the research will be published in the journal "Nature Communications".