Re: nobody here but us wildlife

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 14 Jun 1997 21:00:06 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sat, 14 Jun 1997 wrote:
> Here's another interesting tidbit on the brain size business -
> Occaisionally people go in for brain scans and there's nothing there. This
> caused great consternation on the part of the doctors until they realized
> that these people do have brains, it's just that they have them in the
> brainstem area. I believe the problem is related to hydoencephelopathy (sp?)
> in that excessive fluid pressure pushes the brain into the spinal column
> during fetal development. This condition is called microencephelopathy
> (sp?). It's very rare.

I guess this is another one of persistant scientific myths floating
around. Some months ago this condition was discussed on
bionet.neuroscience, the apparent consensus being that there is very
little to the original paper. On similiar vein, anybody knows where the
bike gang alpha with nonconvoluted brain mythoid comes from? Curious.