Stone Tools & the Evolution of Human Cognition

Stone Tools & the Evolution of Human Cognition


Edited by April Nowell, Edited by Iain Davidson

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  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 229mm x 18mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Colorado
  • ISBN 10: 1607321351
  • ISBN 13: 9781607321354
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 4 b/w photos, 29 line drawings & 3 tables
  • Sales rank: 601,339

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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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Author information

April Nowell is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria. Iain Davidson is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia.

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"Editors April Nowell and Iain Davidson have assembled a fascinating set of chapters devoted to exploring the role of cognition in early stone tool creation and use... a valuable resource for anthropologists and psychologists alike." Marissa L. Greif, "Evolutionary Psychology""