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WATCH: Early Evidence of Collective Learning
Stone tools, changes in the human skull, and mutant genes: John Shea discusses some of the early evidence we have for collective learning. Created by Big History Project.
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- but why do we develop and share ideas ?(3 votes)
- What is that gene called he said?-- Thanks(4 votes)
- Why did neanderthals go extinct?(2 votes)
- At1:55and thereafter when he introduces the concept of the difference in the bottom of the human skull, is he saying "flex bottom of the skull"? Or something else? Because when I google this to learn more I find nothing, so I think I must be mis-hearing it.
The bigger question I'm wondering: Can anyone point me to further resources about this anatomical difference in our skull? I found https://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/news/speech-evolution-origin-of-language-humans-are-awesome/ which says our larynx is much lower than other species and our oropharanx (mouth and throat) is L-shaped compared to other species, but I don't see anything about the bottom of the skull. Is he perhaps talking about the soft palate?(1 vote)
- At1:55, he is saying the flexed bottom of the skull. I found some reading that I've attached which might explain it further, but it is too academic for me to summarize well.
- When dose he start talking about symbolic language.(1 vote)