Re: ev. of tools

Robert Kruszynski (rgk@NHM.AC.UK)
Sat, 11 Mar 1995 15:24:39 GMT


The ref for the old (classic) paper you mention below is Brose, D.S., and
M.H. Wolpoff (1971) "Early Upper Palaeolithic man and late Middle
Palaeolithic tools" *American Anthropologist* 73: 1156 - 1194.



On Fri, 10 Mar 1995 15:30:23 CST,
SS51000 writes:

>My enthusiasm for tool-making and tool-using as a parsimonious
>explanation for hominid evolution is based on what I suddenly realized
>was an unstated, and perhaps not widely shared, notion of what hominids
>*are*. For a long time now I have viewed hominids as characterized
>essentially by (1) bipedalism, (2) small canines, and (3) large brains.
>The tool hypothesis seems to help account for all three, while other
>hypotheses seem to address them one at a time. It occurred to me that
>one reason several readers find my position unclear could be that they
>don't share my conception of what hominids are. Admittedly, my notion
>is strongly anatomical/skeletal in nature, based on direct comparison of
>ourselves with the great apes. I think I got my trio of features from
>an old article by Milford Wolpoff, but I have forgotten the exact
>reference. It sounds like its ultimate origin could be *The Descen
>t of Man*. Can anyone tell me the source? --Bob Graber
>From : Robert Kruszynski, Human Origins Group
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