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Dragon Bone HillAn Ice Age Saga of Homo erectus$
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Noel T. Boaz and Russell L. Ciochon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.001.0001

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The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human

The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human

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(p.90) CHAPTER 5 The Adaptive Behavior of the Not-Quite-Human
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Dragon Bone Hill
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Noel T. Boaz

Russell L. Ciochon

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.003.0005

This chapter examines primary evidence of behavioral complexity in Homo erectus — the use of stone tools and, above all, fire — the effective use of which may have been the driving force behind the brain's remarkable evolution. The use of rudimentary stone tools and tenuous control of fire, and having a dependent scavenging relationship with large carnivores, showed that Homo erectus did more than eke out an existence in Pleistocene. Rather it flourished, multiplied, and expanded its range.

Keywords:   behavior, evolution, Homo erectus, stone tools, fire

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