Karin Isler

Summary

Affiliation: University of Zurich
Country: Switzerland

Publications

  1. pmc Metabolic costs of brain size evolution
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Biol Lett 2:557-60. 2006
  2. ncbi request reprint Life history costs and benefits of encephalization: a comparative test using data from long-term studies of primates in the wild
    Nancy L Barrickman
    Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, Box 3170, Durham, NC 27710, USA
    J Hum Evol 54:568-90. 2008
  3. ncbi request reprint Gait parameters in vertical climbing of captive, rehabilitant and wild Sumatran orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus abelii)
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstr 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Exp Biol 206:4081-96. 2003
  4. ncbi request reprint Footfall patterns, stride length and speed of vertical climbing in spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps robustus) and woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha)
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
    Folia Primatol (Basel) 75:133-49. 2004
  5. ncbi request reprint 3D-kinematics of vertical climbing in hominoids
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Am J Phys Anthropol 126:66-81. 2005
  6. ncbi request reprint Arboreal locomotion in wild black-and-white snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti)
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Switzerland
    Folia Primatol (Basel) 77:195-211. 2006
  7. ncbi request reprint Costs of encephalization: the energy trade-off hypothesis tested on birds
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 51:228-43. 2006
  8. pmc Inertial properties of hominoid limb segments
    Karin Isler
    University of Zurich Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
    J Anat 209:201-18. 2006
  9. doi request reprint How to explain the unusually late age at skill competence among humans
    Caroline Schuppli
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 63:843-50. 2012
  10. doi request reprint The Expensive Brain: a framework for explaining evolutionary changes in brain size
    Karin Isler
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 57:392-400. 2009

Detail Information

Publications25

  1. pmc Metabolic costs of brain size evolution
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Biol Lett 2:557-60. 2006
    ..We conclude that attempts to explain brain size variation in different taxa must consider the ability to sustain the energy costs alongside cognitive benefits...
  2. ncbi request reprint Life history costs and benefits of encephalization: a comparative test using data from long-term studies of primates in the wild
    Nancy L Barrickman
    Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, Box 3170, Durham, NC 27710, USA
    J Hum Evol 54:568-90. 2008
    ..Thus, our results suggest that the evolution of prolonged life history during human evolution is caused by increased encephalization...
  3. ncbi request reprint Gait parameters in vertical climbing of captive, rehabilitant and wild Sumatran orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus abelii)
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstr 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Exp Biol 206:4081-96. 2003
    ..In comparison with other primates, orang-utans exhibit a longer cycle duration, longer strides but lower climbing speed, reflecting a compromise between the demands of a large body mass and extreme joint mobility...
  4. ncbi request reprint Footfall patterns, stride length and speed of vertical climbing in spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps robustus) and woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha)
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
    Folia Primatol (Basel) 75:133-49. 2004
    ..Footfall patterns are more diverse in Ateles and include a higher proportion of ipsilateral limb coupling. Compared to other primates, the gait characteristics of vertical climbing of atelines most closely resemble those of African apes...
  5. ncbi request reprint 3D-kinematics of vertical climbing in hominoids
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Am J Phys Anthropol 126:66-81. 2005
    ..These results allow us to question some qualitative descriptions of vertical climbing kinematics reported in the literature, and to discuss implications for the evolution of locomotor adaptations in hominoids...
  6. ncbi request reprint Arboreal locomotion in wild black-and-white snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti)
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Switzerland
    Folia Primatol (Basel) 77:195-211. 2006
    ..It seems likely that climbing kinematics may differ more between Rhinopithecus and macaques than between Rhinopithecus and hominoids or atelines...
  7. ncbi request reprint Costs of encephalization: the energy trade-off hypothesis tested on birds
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 51:228-43. 2006
    ..The trade-off between locomotor costs and brain mass in birds lets us conclude that an analogous effect could have played a role in the evolution of a larger brain in human evolution...
  8. pmc Inertial properties of hominoid limb segments
    Karin Isler
    University of Zurich Irchel, Zurich, Switzerland
    J Anat 209:201-18. 2006
    ..Common chimpanzees may have secondarily evolved a more efficient quadrupedal gait...
  9. doi request reprint How to explain the unusually late age at skill competence among humans
    Caroline Schuppli
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 63:843-50. 2012
    ..This result provides a broad biological foundation for the embodied capital model...
  10. doi request reprint The Expensive Brain: a framework for explaining evolutionary changes in brain size
    Karin Isler
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 57:392-400. 2009
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  11. doi request reprint Allomaternal care, life history and brain size evolution in mammals
    Karin Isler
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 63:52-63. 2012
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  12. doi request reprint Effects of seasonality on brain size evolution: evidence from strepsirrhine primates
    Janneke T van Woerden
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Am Nat 176:758-67. 2010
    ..In conclusion, we found clear support for the hypothesis that seasonality restricts brain size in strepsirrhines as predicted by the expensive brain framework and weak support for the cognitive buffer hypothesis in lemurs...
  13. pmc Why are there so few smart mammals (but so many smart birds)?
    Karin Isler
    Anthropologisches Institut und Museum, Universitat Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Biol Lett 5:125-9. 2009
    ..We also predict that (absolute and relative) brain size is an important predictor of macroevolutionary extinction patterns...
  14. doi request reprint Large brains buffer energetic effects of seasonal habitats in catarrhine primates
    Janneke T van Woerden
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Evolution 66:191-9. 2012
    ..With this study we show the importance of simultaneously considering both costs and benefits in models of brain size evolution...
  15. doi request reprint Energetics and the evolution of human brain size
    Ana Navarrete
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Nature 480:91-3. 2011
    ..We propose that human encephalization was made possible by a combination of stabilization of energy inputs and a redirection of energy from locomotion, growth and reproduction...
  16. ncbi request reprint On being small: brain allometry in ants
    RĂ¼diger Wehner
    Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Brain Behav Evol 69:220-8. 2007
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  17. doi request reprint Explaining brain size variation: from social to cultural brain
    Carel P van Schaik
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Trends Cogn Sci 16:277-84. 2012
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  18. doi request reprint Endocranial volumes of primate species: scaling analyses using a comprehensive and reliable data set
    Karin Isler
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    J Hum Evol 55:967-78. 2008
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  19. doi request reprint Comparing adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mammalian species and orders: influence of chronological age and life history stage
    Irmgard Amrein
    Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Eur J Neurosci 34:978-87. 2011
    ..Ontogenetic and ecological factors primarily influence the regulation of neuronal differentiation rather than the rate of cell proliferation...
  20. doi request reprint Energetic trade-offs between brain size and offspring production: Marsupials confirm a general mammalian pattern
    Karin Isler
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich Irchel, Switzerland
    Bioessays 33:173-9. 2011
    ..In conclusion, starting from an energetic perspective is warranted to elucidate relations between ecology, social systems, life history, and brain size in all mammals...
  21. pmc Wild orangutan males plan and communicate their travel direction one day in advance
    Carel P van Schaik
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    PLoS ONE 8:e74896. 2013
    ..These results show that male orangutans make their travel plans well in advance and announce them to conspecifics. We suggest that such a planning ability is likely to be adaptive for great apes, as well as in other taxa. ..
  22. doi request reprint Brain size evolution: how fish pay for being smart
    Karin Isler
    Anthropological Institute and Museum, University of Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Curr Biol 23:R63-5. 2013
    ..A close link between brain size and fertility suggests that energetic trade-offs play an important role in brain size evolution...
  23. doi request reprint Assessment of phylogenetic structure in genome size--gene content correlations
    Vibhu Ranjan Prasad
    Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
    Genome 55:391-5. 2012
    ..These findings support the usage of phylogenetic correlation models for gene content predictions...
  24. pmc Female dominance over males in primates: self-organisation and sexual dimorphism
    Charlotte K Hemelrijk
    Theoretical Biology, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands
    PLoS ONE 3:e2678. 2008
    ..Since the winner-loser effect has been shown to work in many taxa including humans, these results may have broad implications...
  25. ncbi request reprint Overall brain size, and not encephalization quotient, best predicts cognitive ability across non-human primates
    Robert O Deaner
    Department of Psychology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, USA
    Brain Behav Evol 70:115-24. 2007
    ..The results of previous comparative studies on the evolution of intelligence must be reviewed with this conclusion in mind...