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The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human

Noel T. Boaz and Russell L. Ciochon

in Dragon Bone Hill

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152913
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.003.0005
 The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human

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This chapter examines primary evidence of behavioral complexity in Homo erectus — the use of stone tools and, above all, fire — the effective use of which may have been the driving force behind the brain's remarkable evolution. The use of rudimentary stone tools and tenuous control of fire, and having a dependent scavenging relationship with large carnivores, showed that Homo erectus did more than eke out an existence in Pleistocene. Rather it flourished, multiplied, and expanded its range.

Keywords: behavior; evolution; Homo erectus; stone tools; fire

Chapter.  6554 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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