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The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human

Noel T. Boaz and Russell L. Ciochon

in Dragon Bone Hill: An Ice Age Saga of Homo erectus

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195152913
eISBN:
9780199790036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines primary evidence of behavioral complexity in Homo erectus — the use of stone tools and, above all, fire — the effective use of which may have been the driving force behind the ... More


Herto Brains and Minds: Behaviour of Early Homo sapiens from the Middle Awash

Yonas Beyene

in Social Brain, Distributed Mind

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264522
eISBN:
9780191734724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264522.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology

The discovery of three late Middle Pleistocene hominid crania, Homo sapiens idaltu, at Herto in the Middle Awash research area in Ethiopia in 1997 shed considerable light on this little-known period ... More


Tool-Stone Procurement in the Mesa Verde Core Region Through Time

Fumiyasu Arakawa

in Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages: Models of Central Mesa Verde Archaeology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520270145
eISBN:
9780520951990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270145.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

The distribution of lithic raw materials is analyzed to evaluate community organization and the development of community territories, and to study how the formation of such territories affected ... More


Ecological determinism, group strategies, and individual decisions in the conception of prehistoric stone assemblages

Catherine Perlès

in The Use of Tools by Human and Non-human Primates

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198522638
eISBN:
9780191688652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522638.003.0015
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Carving, scraping, cutting, and drilling were among the main actions performed with prehistoric stone tools. These implements, which constitute the chipped stone assemblages, are interesting in that, ... More


A framework for analysing prehistoric stone tool manufacture and a tentative application to some early stone industries

Jacques Pelegrin

in The Use of Tools by Human and Non-human Primates

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198522638
eISBN:
9780191688652
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198522638.003.0018
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Compared with other raw materials used by prehistoric people, stone has rather unusual properties. The conchoidal fracture, or ‘fragile rupture’, of stone is difficult to model and proves to be ... More


Hominin Evolution and Stone Tool Scavenging and Reuse in the Lower Paleolithic

Adam Brumm, Matt Pope, Mathieu Leroyer, and Kate Emery

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines evidence for what may be a key stage in the evolution of human cognition: the scavenging and reuse of stone artifacts by Lower Paleolithic hominins, as demonstrated by ... More


The Earliest Inhabitants

William F. Keegan and Corinne L. Hofman

in The Caribbean before Columbus

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190605247
eISBN:
9780190605278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190605247.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The islands of the Greater Antilles were first colonized around 5000 BC when people from Central America began to settle in Cuba and Hispaniola. They are known primarily from their flaked-stone and ... More


The Origins of Stone Tool Technology in Africa: A Historical Perspective

Ignacio de la Torre

in Culture Evolves

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199608966
eISBN:
9780191804656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199608966.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The search for the earliest stone tools is a topic that has received much attention in studies on the archaeology of human origins. New evidence could position the oldest traces of stone tool-use ... More


Evolution of Cognitive Archaeology through Evolving Cognitive Systems: A Chapter for Tom Wynn

Iain Davidson

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Tom Wynn’s original work that looked at the evolution of stone tool technology using Piaget’s developmental sequence was the beginning of productive research into the evolution of hominin and human ... More


Flake-Making and the “Cognitive Rubicon”: Insights from Stone-Knapping Experiments

Mark W. Moore

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Stone tools have a continuous record extending some 3.3 million years. Our hominin ancestors engaged in relatively simple stone flaking, and stone tools of extreme complexity were produced by ... More


Stone Tools and Trade on the Southern End of Chetumal Bay

Beverly A. Chiarulli

in Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062792
eISBN:
9780813051758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062792.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter examines regional and long-distance trade in several types of lithic artifacts, both chert and obsidian, among communities on Corozal Bay (southern Chetumal Bay), particularly Santa Rita ... More


The Stories Stones Tell of Language and Its Evolution

Shelby S. Putt

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0015
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Language origins remain shrouded in mystery. With little remaining from our earliest ancestors, language evolution researchers have turned to stone tools to learn about ancestral language capacities, ... More


Postclassic Tool Production at Santa Rita Corozal: Implications for Domestic Craft Production and Regional Exchange in Flaked Stone

Marc D. Marino, Lucas R. Martindale Johnson, and Nathan J. Meissner

in Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780813062792
eISBN:
9780813051758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062792.003.0013
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter presents a case study of a previously excavated lithic sample from Santa Rita Corozal, considering stone tool production at two structures, 216 and 218. Both exhibit a higher number of ... More


Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick L. Coolidge (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This anthology celebrates 40 years of an archaeology of mind, the investigation of how the modern human mind emerged, as discerned through material artifacts such as the stone tools used throughout ... More


Working memory in musical prodigies: A 10,000-year-old story, one million years in the making

Larry R. Vandervert

in Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199685851
eISBN:
9780191806049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0008
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter provides an evolutionary explanation of child prodigies in music. Within the framework of working memory, the purpose of this chapter to show how, during the last million years, (1) the ... More


Discovery: The Day 27 April 1859

Clive Gamble

in Making Deep History: Zeal, Perseverance, and the Time Revolution of 1859

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198870692
eISBN:
9780191913327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198870692.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Non-Classical

The narrative starts at breakfast in the northern French town of Abbeville on the River Somme. Prestwich and Evans are joined by the pioneering, but eccentric antiquary Jacques Boucher de Perthes. ... More


Homo Habilis: A Smarter Self

E. Fuller Torrey

in Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780231183369
eISBN:
9780231544863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231183369.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Neurobiology

This chapter describes Homo habilis and its lifestyle. It clearly was smarter that the hominins that had preceded it, and also had a larger brain. The brain of Homo habilis is then described in ... More


Introduction: Cognitive Archaeology at the Crossroads

Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick L. Coolidge

in Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190854614
eISBN:
9780190854645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190854614.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The discipline of cognitive archaeology has now been around for well over four decades. In this introduction to the book the field’s mid-1970s antecedents are presented as a reaction to processual ... More


How Languages Keep Changing

Michael A. Arbib

in How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199896684
eISBN:
9780190256159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199896684.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines some of the processes of historical change that have shaped and changed languages in recent centuries, suggesting that they were operative in ancient times as protolanguages ... More


Postdepositional Corrosions in Lithic Items Recovered from Submerged Marine Contexts

James S. Dunbar

in New Directions in the Search for the First Floridians

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781683400738
eISBN:
9781683400875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9781683400738.003.0012
Subject:
Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology

Both chemical and mechanical weathering can heavily alter lithic artifacts from prehistoric sites. One interesting finding in the Ray Hole Spring assemblage was the use of a so-called non-traditional ... More


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