Evolution of primate cognition.

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Abstract

Comparative analysis of the behavior of modern primates, in conjunction with an accurate phylogenetic tree of relatedness, has the power to chart the early history of human cognitive evolution. Adoptive cognitive changes along this path occurred, it is believed, in response to various forms of complexity; to some extent, theories that relate particular challenges to cognitive adaptations con also be tested against comparative data on primate ecology and behavior. This paper explains the procedures by which data are employed, and uses the best currently available evidence to derive a proposal for some of the stages through which human cognition evolved, before the lost common ancestor with a nonhuman, and the reasons that cognitive adaptations were favored in primate evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-570
Number of pages28
JournalCognitive Science
Volume24
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000

Keywords

  • CHIMPANZEES PAN-TROGLODYTES
  • ORANGUTANS PONGO-PYGMAEUS
  • NEOCORTEX SIZE
  • SELF-RECOGNITION
  • RECIPROCAL ALTRUISM
  • YOUNG CHIMPANZEES
  • WILD CHIMPANZEES
  • VERVET MONKEYS
  • MENTAL STATES
  • DNA-SEQUENCES

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