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Stone tools are the most durable and common type of archaeological remain and one of the most important sources of information about behaviors of early hominins. Stone Tools and the Evolution of Human Cognition develops methods for examining questions of cognition, demonstrating the progression of mental capabilities from early hominins to modern humans through the archaeological record.

Dating as far back as 2.5-2.7 million years ago, stone tools were used in cutting up animals, woodworking, and preparing vegetable matter. Today, lithic remains give archaeologists insight into the forethought, planning, and enhanced working memory of our early ancestors. Contributors focus on multiple ways in which archaeologists can investigate the relationship between tools and the evolving human mind-including joint attention, pattern recognition, memory usage, and the emergence of language.

Offering a wide range of approaches and diversity of place and time, the chapters address issues such as skill, social learning, technique, language, and cognition based on lithic technology. Stone Tools and the Evolution of Human Cognition will be of interest to Paleolithic archaeologists and paleoanthropologists interested in stone tool technology and cognitive evolution.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1: Introduction and Overview
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 2: “Grammars of Action” and Stone Flaking Design Space
  2. pp. 12-43
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  1. 3: Insights on the Technical Competence of the Early Oldowan
  2. pp. 45-65
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  1. 4: Growing Up in the Middle Pleistocene
  2. pp. 66-81
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  1. 5: How Levallois Reduction Is Similar to, and Not Similar to, Playing Chess
  2. pp. 83-103
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  1. 6: On Standardization in the Paleolithic
  2. pp. 105-134
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  1. 7: Middle Stone Age Stone Tools from Klasies River Main Site and Symbolic Cognition
  2. pp. 135-157
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  1. 8: Possible Relations between Language and Technology in Human Evolution
  2. pp. 159-184
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  1. 9: Stone Tools and the Evolution of Hominin and Human Cognition
  2. pp. 185-205
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  1. 10: Current Developments in Inferring Cognitive Capabilities from the Archaeological Traces Left by Stone Tools
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607320319
Related ISBN(s)
9781607320302, 9781607321354
MARC Record
OCLC
664571206
Pages
244
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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