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primeval mothers. Their enormous importance for our social development

Oermoeder

Primal mothers and hunters. The classic story is that humans work so well together because it helps them hunt big game. One individual does not catch a mammoth. This requires a group, coordination, consultation and teamwork. Without cooperation there is no meat and that is why people have learned to coordinate with each other…

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Language in prehistory. The origins of language explained

Taal in de prehistorie.

Language originated somewhere in prehistoric times. But how? The Swede Sverker Johansson wrote a book about this simple question. His answers are complex, but also interesting. Because when does language exist? Is that as soon as a Neanderthal drops a rock on his foot and says "Ouch!"? Or is there more to it? something like that…

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The Java man. A prehistoric sensation a hundred years ago. Is it still?

Javamens of homo erectus

It happened in 1891 and 1892. The Dutchman Eugène Dubois (1858-1940) found human remains on Java at a bend of the Solo River. These shook the academic world to its foundations. Pithecanthropus erectus was the name Dubois gave to the new human species. Others spoke of the Java man. Scientists were divided by this. Why ...

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Our inner ape. Frans de Waal on similarities between ape and man

De aap in ons (fragment coverfoto)

Who has never looked at primates in the zoo and therefore actually looked at the monkey in us? Primates come in two types: Prosimians and apes. The latter group includes chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons. And people. Biologist, primatologist and psychologist Frans de Waal provides insight into how much all these great apes resemble each other.…

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The Cro-Magnon Man. Maker of ancient cave art

Cro-Magnon in cave

Do you know why the term Cro-Magnon man appears mainly in older books? Until recently, I only had a faint suspicion. All I knew was that this distant ancestor was some sort of Neanderthal successor. The difference with modern humans – homo sapiens sapiens – was not clear to me. Now I know …

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Uitvindingen uit de oertijd. Ook jij maakt er dagelijks gebruik van

De oertijd kende al vanaf het vroegste begin grensverleggende uitvindingen en innovaties. Hieronder staan de hoogtepunten van de eerste twee miljoen jaar. In chronologische volgorde. Werktuigen Onze verste voorouders hadden al door dat je een steen kan bewerken tot een werktuig. De Afrikaanse homo habilis maakte 1,8 miljoen jaar geleden primitieve zagen. Vuistbijlen had hij…

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