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The Descent of Mind: Psychological Perspectives on Hominid Evolution

Michael Corballis and Stephen E. G. Lea


To most people, it seems obvious that there are major mental differences between humans and other species, but there is considerable debate over exactly how special our minds are, in what respects, and which the critical evolutionary events that have shaped us were. Some researchers claim language as a solely human, even defining, attribute, while others claim that only humans are truly conscious. These questions have been explored mainly by archaeologists and anthropologists until recently, but this volume aims to show what psychologists have to say on the evolution of mind. The book begins w ... More

Keywords: mind, evolution, language, human behaviour, humans, pre-hominids, psychologists

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780192632593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Corballis, editor
University of Auckland

Stephen E. G. Lea, editor
Exeter University

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