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Bridging theory and bow hunting: human cognitive evolution and archaeology

  • Frederick L. Coolidge (a1), Miriam Noël Haidle (a2), Marlize Lombard (a3) (a4) and Thomas Wynn (a5)

Recognising elements of a ‘modern’ mind or complex cognition in Stone Age archaeology is difficult and often disputed. A key question is whether, and in what way, the thinking of Homo sapiens differs from that of other species/sub-species of hominins. We argue that if the question of whether the modern mind is different from that of our ancestors or other members of the hominin family is to be fully explored, some focus should fall on technologies and behaviours unique to H. sapiens.

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