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Evidence of recursion in tool use

  • Lluís Barceló-Coblijn (a1) and Antoni Gomila (a1)

We discuss the discovery of technologies involving knotted netting, such as textiles, basketry, and cordage, in the Upper Paleolithic. This evidence, in our view, suggests a new way of connecting toolmaking and syntactic structure in human evolution, because these technologies already exhibit an “infinite use of finite means,” which we take to constitute the key transition to human cognition.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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