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Rome was not built in one day: Underlying biological and cognitive factors responsible for the emergence of agriculture and ultrasociality

  • Jason Grotuss (a1) and Sarah Jean Beard (a1)

Agriculture represented a major transition in human evolution, but the appearance of ultrasociality must have included previous steps. We argue that ultrasociality would not have suddenly emerged with agriculture, but rather developed from pre-existing cognitive and social mechanisms. Discussions must include necessary depth about the historical origins of human ultrasociality, and agriculture's aftereffects on large-scale social organization.

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