The animal connection and human evolution

Patty Lee Shipman

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Abstract

A suite of unique physical and behavioral characteristics distinguishes Homo sapiens from other mammals. Three diagnostic human behaviors played key roles in human evolution: tool making, symbolic behavior and language, and the domestication of plants and animals. I focus here on a previously unrecognized fourth behavior, which I call the animal connection, that characterized the human lineage over the past 2.6 million years. I propose that the animal connection is the underlying link among the other key human behaviors and that it substantially influenced the evolution of humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-538
Number of pages20
JournalCurrent anthropology
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

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  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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Shipman, Patty Lee. / The animal connection and human evolution. In: Current anthropology. 2010 ; Vol. 51, No. 4. pp. 519-538.
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