From: Price, Ilfryn (I.Price@shu.ac.uk)
Date: Fri 13 Feb 2004 - 18:17:06 GMT
Thanks Keith for
The World’s Oldest Stone Artefacts from Gona, Ethiopia: Their
Implications for Understanding Stone Technology and Patterns
of Human Evolution Between 2·6–1·5 Million Years Ago>>
As others have noticed
The location of Gona in the Afar and the palaeenvironment of the site (close to a river) are however much more consistent with variations on the Aquatic Ape version of our ancestors origins than the still standard "roaming the Savannah triumphing over big cats" versions. That same theory explains our vocal arrangements (which enable such a rich range of vocalisation) first evolved to enhance the fitness of diving for various forms of food. Language became an interesting by product. Do catalytic indexicals, or as I prefer replicating discourses ,also stem back to the Olduwan stone nappers?
Interesting but not surprising that the technology then went in to stasis for a million years or so. One can imagine (yes it is a just so story) the reaction accorded to some bright spark who came up with a new idea and was ostracised for their pains. Plenty of that in organisational memetics survives to this day (Price, 1995). Put another way is this the first example of the 'not invented here' syndrome?
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