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Confrontational scavenging as a possible source for language and cooperation

Bickerton, Derek and Szathmáry, Eörs (2011) Confrontational scavenging as a possible source for language and cooperation. BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY, 11 (261). pp. 1-7. ISSN 1471-2148

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Abstract

The emergence of language and the high degree of cooperation found among humans seems to require more than a straightforward enhancement of primate traits. Some triggering episode unique to human ancestors was likely necessary. Here it is argued that confrontational scavenging was such an episode. Arguments for and against an established confrontational scavenging niche are discussed, as well as the probable effects of such a niche on language and co-operation. Finally, several possible directions for future research are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
Depositing User: András Szilágyi
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 05:48
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 05:48
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/80247

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