Pleistocene Exchange Networks as Evidence for the Evolution of Language

@article{Marwick2003PleistoceneEN,
  title={Pleistocene Exchange Networks as Evidence for the Evolution of Language},
  author={Benjamin Marwick},
  journal={Cambridge Archaeological Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={13},
  pages={67 - 81}
}
  • B. Marwick
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Biology
  • Cambridge Archaeological Journal
Distances of raw material transportation reflect how hominid groups gather and exchange information. Early hominids moved raw materials short distances, suggesting a home range size, social complexity and communication system similar to primates in equivalent environments. After about 1.0 million years ago there was a large increase in raw material transfer distances, possibly a result of the emergence of the ability to pool information by using a protolanguage. Another increase in raw material… 

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