Lucy to Language: The Benchmark Papers

Hardcover | March 6, 2014

EditorR. I. M. Dunbar, Clive Gamble, J. A. J. Gowlett

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The concept of the social brain has become a popular topic in the last decade and has generated interest within the research community and contributed to a wide public examination of human culture, nature, mind, and instinct, as well as aspects of social and business organisation. At its core,the hypothesis that our social life drove the dramatic enlargement of our brain, bridges the dimensions of our evolutionary history and our contemporary experience. This has been the focus of a seven-year research project funded by the British Academy, the British Academy Centenary Research Project(otherwise known as the Lucy Project). The main aim of the Lucy Project has been to explore these two axes in an integrated set of studies whose focus was to link archaeology and, in its broadest sense, evolutionary psychology, which offers powerful, new explanatory insights. This approach redresses the past contribution from archaeologytowards the study of evolutionary issues and ties evolutionary psychology into the extensive historical data from the past, allowing us to escape the confined timeframe of the comparatively recent human mind. In this volume of published an unpublished papers, the contributors explore the question of just what it is that makes us so different, and why and when these uniquely human capacities evolved.

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The concept of the social brain has become a popular topic in the last decade and has generated interest within the research community and contributed to a wide public examination of human culture, nature, mind, and instinct, as well as aspects of social and business organisation. At its core,the hypothesis that our social life drove t...

Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His principal research interests focus on the evolution of sociality (with particular reference to primates and humans). He is best known for the social brain hypothesis, the gossip theory of language evolution, and Dunba...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceContributorsList of Illustrations and TablesSourcesI: Background1. R.I.M. Dunbar: Mind the Gap: or why we aren't just great apes2. Clive Gamble, J.A.J. Gowlett and R.I.M. Dunbar: The social brain and the shape of the palaeolithicII: Social Brain and Cognition3. Susanne Shultz and R.I.M. Dunbar: The social brain hypothesis: an evolutionary perspective on the neurobiology of social behaviour4. Susanne Shultz, Emma Nelson and R.I.M. Dunbar: Hominin cognitive evolution: identifying patterns and processes in the fossil and archaeological record5. James Cole: The Identity Model: a theory to access visual display and hominin cognition within the Palaeolithic6. J.A.J. Gowlett: The longest transition or multiple revolutions? Curves and steps in the record of human originsIII: Processes of Social Bonding7. A.J. Sutcliffe, R.I.M. Dunbar, Jens Binder and Holly Arrow: Relationships and the social brain hypothesis: integrating evolutionary and psychological perspectives8. S.B.G. Roberts, Holly Arrow, Julia Lehmann and R.I.M. Dunbar: Close social relationships: an evolutionary perspective9. A.J. Machin and R.I.M. Dunbar: The brain opioid theory of social attachment: a review of the evidenceIV: Community, Time and Cohesion10. R.I.M. Dunbar, A.H. Korstjens and Julia Lehmann: Time as an ecological constraint11. Julia Lehmann, P.C. Lee and R.I.M. Dunbar: Unravelling the evolutionary function of communities12. R.I.M. Dunbar and J.A.J. Gowlett: Fireside chat: the impact of fire on hominin socioecology13. R.I.M. Dunbar: Bridging the bonding gap: the transition from primates to humansV: The Social World in Antiquity14. Susanne Shultz, Christopher Opie, Emma Nelson, Q.D. Atkinson and R.I.M. Dunbar: Evolution of primate social systems: implications for hominin social evolution15. R.I.M. Dunbar, Julia Lehmann, A.H. Korstjens and J.A.J. Gowlett: The road to modern humans: time budgets, fission-fusion sociality, kinship and the division of labour in hominin evolution16. Eiluned Pearce, Andy Shuttleworth, M.J. Grove and R.H. Layton: The costs of being a high latitude hominin17. Fiona Coward and R.I.M. Dunbar: Communities on the edge of civilisationVI: Language, Kinship and Culture18. J.A.J. Gowlett: The elements of design form in Acheulean bifaces: modes, modalities, rules and language19. R.I.M. Dunbar: Why only humans have language20. Alan Barnard: Social origins: sharing, exchange, kinship21. Fiona Coward and Clive Gamble: Big brains, small worlds: material culture and the evolution of mindAppendix: Selected Principal Publications of the Lucy Project (2003-2012)Index