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But perhaps they do not support the idea that there was a higher equilibrium, either. For this reason the Australian archaeological record is an informative lens through which to view the interaction of individual cognition with collective capacity. org on January 9, 2012 Review. From hominins to humans The initial expansion of humans into the Sahul about 45 000 years BP could not have been accidental. These humans had the capacity to plan and cooperate. Moreover, they had technology complex enough to cross significant stretches of ocean [90].

Soc. B (2011) and success. But most learning is hybrid: apprentices mostly learn through socially structured trial-anderror learning. They are surrounded by tools, by partial and complete products and the occasional failure, and by raw materials in various stages of processing. They learn on the job, but they are assigned jobs by those who understand how much or little they can do. So their trial-and-error learning often involves structured trials. Skilled craftsmen assign tasks that they judge to be within, or close to, their current capacity.

It has significant consequences. They become even more obvious if the transition to Homo sapiens is set earlier and relocated to Africa’ [34, p. 72] It is one thing to identify socio-cultural differences between the first sapiens and those living 150 kyr later. It is another to think that this difference poses a profound explanatory puzzle. Colin Renfrew thinks the puzzle is so profound that it amounts to a paradox: the paradox of explaining why it took 100 000 years for humans to behave like humans.

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