Title

Rome was not built in one day: Underlying biological and cognitive factors responsible for the emergence of agriculture and ultrasociality

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Subject Area

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Abstract

Agriculture represented a major transition in human evolution, but the appearance of ultrasociality must have included previous steps. We argue that ultrasociality would not have suddenly emerged with agriculture, but rather developed from pre-existing cognitive and social mechanisms. Discussions must include necessary depth about the historical origins of human ultrasociality, and agriculture's aftereffects on large-scale social organization.

Publication Title

The Behavioral and brain sciences

Volume

39

First Page

e100

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1017/S0140525X15001065

PubMed ID

27562680

E-ISSN

14691825

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