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Making tools and making sense: complex, intentional behaviour in human evolution

Stout, D.; Chaminade, T.; (2009) Making tools and making sense: complex, intentional behaviour in human evolution. Cambridge Archaeological Journal , 19 (1) pp. 85-96. 10.1017/S0959774309000055. Green open access

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Abstract

Stone tool-making is an ancient and prototypically human skill characterized by multiple levels of intentional organization. In a formal sense, it displays surprising similarities to the multi-level organization of human language. Recent functional brain imaging studies of stone tool-making similarly demonstrate overlap with neural circuits involved in language processing. These observations consistent with the hypothesis that language and tool-making share key requirements for the construction of hierarchically structured action sequences and evolved together in a mutually reinforcing way.

Type: Article
Title: Making tools and making sense: complex, intentional behaviour in human evolution
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774309000055
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959774309000055
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14327
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