The Roots of Human Genius Are Deeper Than Expected
When in our evolution did we humans become so clever, so creative, so boundlessly ingenious? Writer Heather Pringle tackles exactly this question in the cover story of the March issue of Scientific American. The answer, in a nutshell, is rather earlier than scientists traditionally thought, which itself raises all sorts of questions about what factors kindled our ancestorsâ€™ cognitive prowess. Pringle marshals considerable evidence of surprisingly ancient innovationâ€”from sophisticated tools to spectacular works of artâ€”to make her case.