From single neurons to social brains.

Coward, F. , 2008. From single neurons to social brains. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 18 (3), 387 - 400 .

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DOI: 10.1017/S0959774308000437

Abstract

The manufacture of stone tools is an integral part of the human evolutionary trajectory. However, very little research is directed towards the social and cognitive context of the process of manufacture. This article aims to redress this balance by using insights from contemporary neuroscience. Addressing successively more inclusive levels of analysis, we will argue that the relevant unit of analysis when examining the interface between archaeology and neuroscience is not the individual neuron, nor even necessarily the individual brain, but instead the socio-cognitive context in which brains develop and tools are manufactured and used. This context is inextricably linked to the development of unique ontogenetic scheduling, as evidenced by the fossil record of evolving hominin lineages.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0959-7743
Uncontrolled Keywords:Human Evolution ; Brain Evolution ; Stone tools
Subjects:History > Archaeology
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:20594
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:04 Feb 2013 11:01
Last Modified:10 Sep 2014 14:54

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