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Cognition and Human Evolution : Report

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COGNITION ANDHUMAN EVOLUTION
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1MAIN BODY...................................................................................................................................1CONCLUSIONS..............................................................................................................................4REFERENCES................................................................................................................................5
INTRODUCTIONHominins and early modern humans have always been a major subject of interest forarchaeologist. There are various evidence that reflects the development in the cognition ofhominins and early modern humans (Alperson-Afil and et. al., 2009). In this report, thisevolution among the human beings will be studied along with relevant examples to support thestatements of archaeologists with appropriate evidences. Also, this study will help inunderstanding that how specifically human cognitive skills evolved.MAIN BODYCognition of hominins is the process of acquiring knowledge and understanding with thehelp of three basic factors which are: thoughts, experiences and the senses. All these elementsresults in development of one's cognition. In context to the hominins, there are numerous factsstated and proved by archaeologists that signifies the development of cognition in hominins andearly modern humans. This understanding can be revealed from the tools made from stone forthe preying purpose. This development is because of the sense of hunger and the though to eatan animal. These tools were discovered by the archaeologists at Lomekwi 3 (LOM3) from WestTurkana, Kenya (Klein and Bird, 2016). This manufacturing and use of stone tools by homininshave been later researched extensively by various archaeologists. This creation made all theprimatalogists to appreciate the thinking behind the tools.There are various abilities that were shown by this research such as raw-materialselectivity, planning depth and manual dexterity. Successful completion of the creation of thetools signifies the presence of all these elements that can be characterised as a "cognitive leap".In addition to this, making this unexpected thing from nowhere is also considered as "somethingfrom nothing' by various researcher (Fuentes, 2015). There are several inferences from theanalysis of LOM3 artefacts can be used to modify the aspects of cognitive abilities of homininsand early modern humans. Besides this, it has been considered that the early modern humanswere so fond of the Lomekwi technologies. It can be observed from the presence of block sizesof different sizes and numerous percussion marks on the cortical surfaces are all proof of theirtechnological aspect and their skills of understanding the things. In addition to this, they havedeveloped sharp objects so that they can kill the animals (Laughlin, 2015). This understandingbehind this reflects their deep thinking and logics of preying.1
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