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Pleistocene Exchange Networks as Evidence for the Evolution of Language

Marwick, Ben


Distances of raw-material transportation reflect how hominid groups gather and exchange information. Early hominids moved raw materials short distances, suggesting a home range size, social complexity and communication system similar to primates in equivalent environments. After about 1.0 million years ago there was a large increase in raw-material transfer distances, possibly a result of the emergence of the ability to pool information by using a protolanguage. Another increase in raw-material...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article


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