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Photos of Einstein's brain reveal clues to extraordinary mental abilities


16:26, November 21, 2012

BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Extraordinary folding patterns were found by researchers in several regions of Albert Einstein's brain on a batch of newly uncovered photographs.

The photographs, taken shortly after Einstein's death, but never analyzed in detail before, were published Friday in the American medical journal Brain.

In the photos, analysis spotted some unusually elaborate folding on the frontal lobes, which are thought to do abstract thought.

The finding may provide tantalizing clues about the neural basis of Einstein's extraordinary mental abilities, said Dean Falk, study co-author and an anthropologist at Florida State University, the United States.

Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, affecting a revolution in physics. His brain was removed shortly after his death in 1955.

Because of the reputation of being one of the foremost geniuses of the 20th century, Einstein's brain has attracted attention of researches and speculations.

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