There is robust evidence provided into conservative and tradition belief that complex cognition began as a result of the ability of knapping stone into tools. The field of psychology has proven that it requires complex motor skills to knap stones into flints and sharp stones that were associated with Oldowan and Acheulean Traditions during a pilot study on positron emission tomography (PET). (Wynn 2002, Pg. 391) This is because the application of bilateral, three dimensional, rotational and broken symmetry all aspects which required planning beforehand and a firm understanding of the natural world and its minerals. (Wynn 2002, Pg. 395) collaboration with anthropological approaches reveals that these skills could only be replicated in bonobos after provided with direct stimuli, restriction on other methods of production and the absence of intended symmetry. (Wynn 392) Tools are fundamental to hu...
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...ics like totemism and anthropomorphism present to society. (Mithen 164)
My definition of modern cognition is the ability to apply physical motor skills to create products that contain significant value not in terms of material work but alternative purposes as it is these skills that have allowed early humans to effectively communicate ideas and innovate beyond the natural capabilities of animals and this is well portrayed by the hybrid form of development undertaken by early humans during the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Period through the physical form of stone tools and then socially through personal ornamentation which presented the ability to create complex meanings of representation into the physical world. This fusion between these two fields prospered into a burst of innovation demonstrated in art and later into a renaissance called the Neolithic Period.
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