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Lucy to Language: The Benchmark Papers

R. I. M. Dunbar, Clive Gamble, and J. A. J. Gowlett


The concept of the social brain has become a popular topic in the last decade and has generated interest within the research community and contributed to a wide public examination of human culture, nature, mind, and instinct, as well as aspects of social and business organisation. At its core, the hypothesis that our social life drove the dramatic enlargement of our brain, bridges the dimensions of our evolutionary history and our contemporary experience. This has been the focus of a seven-year research project funded by the British Academy, the British Academy Centenary Research Project (othe ... More

Keywords: social brain, human culture, Lucy Project, archaeology, evolutionary psychology, social life, British Academy, human mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199652594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199652594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. I. M. Dunbar, editor
Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford

Clive Gamble, editor
Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton

J. A. J. Gowlett, editor
Professor of Palaeolithic Archaeology, University of Liverpool

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I Background

1 Mind the Gap

R.I.M. Dunbar

2 The Social Brain and the Shape of the Palaeolithic1

Clive Gamble, J.A.J. Gowlett, and R.I.M. Dunbar

II Social Brain and Cognition

3 The Social Brain Hypothesis

Susanne Shultz and R.I.M. Dunbar

4 Hominin Cognitive Evolution

Susanne Shultz, Emma Nelson, and R.I.M. Dunbar

III Processes of Social Bonding

7 Relationships and the Social Brain

Alistair Sutcliffe, R.I.M. Dunbar, Jens Binder, and Holly Arrow

8 Close Social Relationships

S.G.B. Roberts, Holly Arrow, J.A.J. Gowlett, Julia Lehmann, and R.I.M. Dunbar

9 The Brain Opioid Theory of Social Attachment

A.J. Machin and R.I.M. Dunbar

IV Community, Time, and Cohesion

10 Time as an Ecological Constraint1

R.I.M. Dunbar, A.H. Korstjens, and Julia Lehmann

11 Unravelling the Function of Community-level Organization

Julia Lehmann, Phyllis Lee, and R.I.M. Dunbar

12 Fireside Chat

R.I.M. Dunbar and J.A.J. Gowlett

V The Social World in Antiquity

14 Evolution of Primate Social Systems

Susanne Shultz, Christopher Opie, Emma Nelson, Q.D. Atkinson, and R.I.M. Dunbar

15 The Road to Modern Humans

R.I.M. Dunbar, Julia Lehmann, Amanda H. Korstjens, and J.A.J. Gowlett

16 The Costs of Being a High-latitude Hominin

Eiluned Pearce, Andrew Shuttleworth, Matt Grove, and R.H. Layton

17 Communities on the Edge of Civilization

Fiona Coward and R.I.M. Dunbar

VI Language, Kinship, and Culture

21 Big Brains, Small Worlds

Fiona Coward and Clive Gamble