Behavioral Modernity in Retrospect

Show simple item record Davies, Stephen 2021-03-11T03:56:40Z 2021-03-11T03:56:40Z 2019-8-16
dc.identifier.citation Topoi: an International Review of Philosophy 40(1):221-232 2021
dc.identifier.issn 0167-7411
dc.description.abstract © 2019, Springer Nature B.V. This paper reviews the debate about behavioral modernity in our species, listing counterexamples to the thesis that there was a dramatic change to the minds of Cro-Magnon sapiens in Europe in the Upper Paleolithic. It is argued that we were probably behaviorally modern from about 150,000 years ago, and that aspects of this mentality were apparent in developments in tool technologies and hunting practices across the prior Homo lineage. Key behaviors expressive of behavioral modernity include practical reasoning about the past and future and role-differentiated rights-based cooperation, which are more obvious in their effects than is the vague but much-used notion of symbolic thinking. Behavioral modernity leads to technological innovation but is not sufficient to maintain such innovations in face of population loss and environmental instability, which along with the vagaries of preservation explains why the archaeological record of behavioral modernity in our species is patchy until the Upper Paleolithic.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartofseries Topoi
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dc.subject 2203 Philosophy
dc.title Behavioral Modernity in Retrospect
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11245-019-09671-4
pubs.issue 1
pubs.begin-page 1
pubs.volume 40 2021-02-11T23:22:21Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Springer Nature B.V. en
pubs.end-page 12
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.subtype Journal Article
pubs.elements-id 780788
dc.identifier.eissn 1572-8749 2019-8-16

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