Secret pics of Einstein's brain reveal why he was a genius

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Jan 14, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

He may have been a little quirky, but mathematician Albert Einstein was a really, really smart dude. And now, thanks to some long-lost posthumous photos of his brain, scientists think they've figured out why he was so bright.

After Einstein died in 1955, the man who did his autopsy removed his brain and kept it, taking a handful of photos of his gray matter along the way. The pathologist, Thomas Harvey, also pulled some slices of Einstein' s brain and studied them as slides with his peers—but he kept the pictures a secret to use in a book he was writing.

Sadly, Harvey died before the book was completed, and the secret photos languished for decades among his personal effects. That is, until his family donated his files to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 2010 and they figured out there were pics of Einstein's melon essentially in the bottom of a box.

After some study the past few years, the scientists have published an article breaking down what they found in the photos. It seems Einstein had "extra folding" in the area of the brain that produced conscious thought, specifically the frontal lobes that handle reasoning and planning, which essentially super-charged his brain.

Additional folds are apparently tied to having a higher IQ, and it seems Einstein was just as smart as we all know he was. Florida State anthropologist Dean Falk called Einstein's brain "extraordinary" and one of the most unique ever recorded.

Between this and those 100+-year-old shots of Charles Babbage's brain bouncing around, it seems we modern-day folk still have a lot to learn from the thinkers of the past.

Check out the pics below and let us know what you think:

(Via Yahoo! News)