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On the Possibility of an 'Astronomical Perspective' in the Study of Human Evolution 1

@article{Antonello2013OnTP,
  title={On the Possibility of an 'Astronomical Perspective' in the Study of Human Evolution 1},
  author={Elio Antonello},
  journal={arXiv: Popular Physics},
  year={2013}
}
  • E. Antonello
  • Published 5 December 2013
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Popular Physics
The ‘Sapient Paradox’ is the apparently unexplainable time delay of several ten thousand years following the arrival of Homo sapiens in Asia and Europe and before the introduction of impressive innovations with the agricultural revolution. Renfrew (2007) has suggested that the solution of the paradox has to do with changes in modes of thought that occurred with sedentism. According to Renfrew, this is a subject of study for cognitive archaeology where the final goal would be to understand the… 

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