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Title: Stone Tools and the Evolution of Hominin and Human Cognition
Contributor(s): Davidson, Iain  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: In this chapter, I summarize some previously published work on the significance of the earliest stone tools in comparison with chimpanzee tool making and use. I then put that into the context of some theorizing about human cognition and its implications for understanding the evolution of hominin and human cognition. I then conclude with an extended discussion of the standard story of changes in stone-artifact making and use in the context of other recent theorizing about the evolution of language. I conclude that stone tools can be interpreted to give strong evidence about the evolution of cognition, but the outcomes depend on careful assessment of the theoretical basis for the argument.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Stone Tools and the Evolution of Human Cognition, p. 185-205
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Place of Publication: Boulder, United States of America
ISBN: 9781607320302
Field of Research (FOR): 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
210102 Archaeological Science
210105 Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950504 Understanding Europes Past
950503 Understanding Australias Past
950501 Understanding Africas Past
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): April Nowell and Iain Davidson
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