We are all capable of cumulative cultural evolution, but we do not need to use it all the time

Bruce Rawlings*, Emma G. Flynn, Lara A. Wood

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    Abstract

    Commentary of Vaesen, K., & Houkes, W. (2021) 'Is human culture cumulative?'  Forum on theory in antropology,Current Anthropology, 62(2).
    Vaesen and Houkes provide a new perspective on claims that cumulative culture (CCE) is a defining characteristic of humans. They argue that, contrary to the broadly accepted notion that humans exhibit CCE, a granular view of typical methodological approaches to study CCE has limitations, thus prohibiting a sound test of this claim. Here, we, as developmental and comparative experimental psychologists, reflect on some points they raise.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-228
    Number of pages2
    JournalCurrent Anthropology
    Volume62
    Issue number2
    Early online date1 Apr 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

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