Re: Paleoling, animal communication, etc.

Matthew Hill (mhhill@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 12:47:48 -0500

Ralph (and others in the tools/language thread)

I haven't seen any reference to Wynn's studies suggesting that it
is not until well along in the Acheulean that tools demonstrate any
capacities beyond those possessed by chimpanzees. How, or does, this
fit in your arguments.

It has always seemed significant, if obscure, to me that while
we can induce stone-tool making and complex linguisticoid behaviour
in non-human primates, that humans seem to the key environmental
variable which elicits these behaviours. Admittedly there is evidence
that chimps have taught some of them to others.

Matthew Hill