Short winter days lead to a bigger brain
1st August 2011
That is one of the conclusions from a group of scientists who have gone beack several hundred years and discovered that shorter days lead to bigger eyes and larger brains. Mountain people living near the poles apparently benefit the most.
The bad news is that the larger brains doesn’t make people any cleverer so bad luck all you skiers and snowboarders from Scandinavia.
The team from Oxford University studied 55 skulls from 12 populations across the world and its findings have been published in the Royal Society’s Biology Letter journal.
The researchers used skulls dating back 200 years.
Apparently less light means bigger eyes and this leads to a larger cranial capacity too.
The largest brain cavities come from Scandinavia.
For more information see this report on the findings on the BBC.
For the spirit of the mountains