Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Footloose and fossil-free no more: Evolutionary psychology needs archaeology

Valerie E. Stone a1
a1 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208-2478


Evolutionary theories of human cognition should refer to specific times in the primate or hominid past. Though alternative accounts of tool manufacture from Wynn's are possible (e.g., frontal lobe function), Wynn demonstrates the power of archaeology to guide cognitive theories. Many cognitive abilities evolved not in the “Pleistocene hunter-gatherer” context, but earlier, in the context of other patterns of social organization and foraging.