Primate brain anatomy: new volumetric MRI measurements for neuroanatomical studies

Ana F. Navarrete, Erwin L.A. Blezer, Murillo Pagnotta, Elizabeth S.M. de Viet, Orlin S. Todorov, Patrik Lindenfors, Kevin N. Laland, Simon M. Reader*

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Since the publication of the primate brain volumetric dataset of Stephan and colleagues in the early 1980s, no major new comparative datasets covering multiple brain regions and a large number of primate species have become available. However, technological and other advances in the last two decades, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the creation of institutions devoted to the collection and preservation of rare brain specimens, provide opportunities to rectify this situation. Here, we present a new dataset including brain region volumetric measurements of 39 species, including 20 species not previously available in the literature, with measurements of 16 brain areas. These volumes were extracted from MRI of 46 brains of 38 species from the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience Primate Brain Bank, scanned at high resolution with a 9.4-T scanner, plus a further 7 donated MRI of 4 primate species. Partial measurements were made on an additional 8 brains of 5 species. We make the dataset and MRI scans available online in the hope that they will be of value to researchers conducting comparative studies of primate evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
JournalBrain, Behavior and Evolution
Early online date12 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • Brain architecture
  • Brain volume
  • Cognitive evolution
  • Comparative neuroanatomy
  • Isocortex
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neocortex
  • Primates


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