Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Amygdala

1. term used to designate an almond-shaped structure, e.g. an amygdaloid Acheulean handax.

2. one of two ovoid masses of gray matter located in the front part of the temporal lobe of the brain in the roof of the terminal portion of the inferior horn of the lateral ventricle. The amygdala is involved with human moods and emotions. Aka amygdaloid nuclear complex. Plural: amygdalae. Adjective: amygdaloid.

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