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Foragers and Their Tools: Risk, Technology and Complexity

Sterelny, Kim


The subsistence technology of forager communities has varied greatly over space and time. This paper (i) reviews briefly the main causal factors the literature identifies as responsible for this variation; (ii) analyzes in some detail the most prominent idea in the literature on spatial variation:Complex technology is an adaptive response to elevated risks of subsistence failure; (iii) it argues that the alleged empirical support for this hypothesis depends on dubious proxies of risk; (iv) it...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Topics in Cognitive Science
DOI: 10.1111/tops.12559


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