Anatomical study of cerebral asymmetry in the temporal lobe of humans, chimpanzees, and rhesus monkeys

Science  23 Apr 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4237, pp. 387-389
DOI: 10.1126/science.816005


It is generally accepted that anatomical asymmetries in the temporal lobe language region of humans are associated with the asymmetrical representation of language function in the left hemisphere. Comparative measurements were taken of the length of the left and right Sylvian fissures of human, chimpanzee, and rhesus monkey brains. Measurements confirmed the findings of other studies that the human Sylvian fissure is longer on the left than on the right. The chimpanzee brains had a similar asymmetry but to a lesser degree than the human brains. The rhesus brains, however, showed no significant differences between left and right fissure lengths.