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Stone tools and the linguistic capabilities of earlier hominids

Steele, J; Quinlan, A; Wenban-Smith, F; (1995) Stone tools and the linguistic capabilities of earlier hominids. Cambridge Archaeological Journal , 5 (2) 245 - 256. 10.1017/S0959774300015043. Green open access

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Abstract

The evolution of human manipulative abilities may be clearly linked to the evolution of speech motor control Both creativity and complexity in vocal and manipulative gestures may be closely linked to a single dimension of brain evolution — the evolution of absolute brain size. Inferring the linguistic capabilities of earlier hominids from their lithic artefacts, however, required us to take account of domain-specific constraints on manipulative skill In this article we report on a pilot flint-knapping experiment designed to identify such constraints ‘in action’.

Type:Article
Title:Stone tools and the linguistic capabilities of earlier hominids
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1017/S0959774300015043
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959774300015043
Language:English
Additional information:Copyright © The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research 1995
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Institute of Archaeology

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