Socioeconomic Organization

  • Specialized patterns of animal exploitation, based on systematic hunting

  • A sharp increase in the overall density of human population

  • An increase in the maximum size of local residential groups

  • Appearance of highly “structured” sites, including hearths, pits, huts, tents, and other habitations

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Along with the appearance of modern humans came sudden changes in the socioeconomic organization of human culture. Modern humans lived together in large groups that cooperated as societal units.


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  1. Clark, G.A. 1999. Highly visible, curiously intangible. Science 283: 2029-2032.

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