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Before Modern Humans: New Perspectives on the African Stone Age

By: Grant S McCall (Author)

Left Coast Press

Hardback | Jan 2014 | #220145 | ISBN-13: 9781611322224
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This fascinating volume, assessing Lower and Middle Pleistocene African prehistory, argues that the onset of the Middle Stone Age marks the origins of landscape use patterns resembling those of modern human foragers. Inaugurating a paradigm shift in our understanding of modern human behavior, Grant McCall argues that this transition – related to the origins of "home base" residential site use – occurred in mosaic fashion over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. He concludes by proposing a model of brain evolution driven by increasing subsistence diversity and intensity against the backdrop of larger populations and Pleistocene environmental unpredictability.

McCall argues that human brain size did not arise to support the complex patterns of social behavior that pervade our lives today, but instead large human brains were co-opted for these purposes relatively late in prehistory, accounting for the striking archaeological record of the Upper Pleistocene.

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Grant S. McCall is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at Tulane University. His research interests focus on the Early and Middle Stone Age. He is editor of the journal Lithic Technology.

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