Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity

Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity

by Scott Elias


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ISBN-13: 9780444538215
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 09/12/2012
Series: Developments in Quaternary Science Series , #16
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Scott Elias grew up in Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. He attended the University of Colorado, and got BA degree in Environmental Biology. He continued his academic career at the same university, and received his PhD in Environmental Biology in 1980. His thesis topic concerned paleoecology of Holocene-age peat deposits in arctic Canada, focusing on insect fossil analyses.

Following his PhD, Scott became a post-doctoral fellow under Prof. Alan Morgan in the Earth Science Department of the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He also spent six months as a visiting scientist at the Geobotanical Institute of the University of Berne, Switzerland, in 1981. Scott returned to the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado, in 1982, and was a research associate and fellow of the institute during the next 20 years. His research continued to focus on paleoenvironmental reconstructions based on fossil insect assemblages. He has authored six books on paleoecology and natural history of Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, and the arid Southwest. In 2000, Scott accepted a lectureship in the Geography Department of Royal Holloway, University of London. He also has maintained an affiliation with INSTAAR. He is now a Reader in Physical Geography at Royal Holloway.

Table of Contents

Origins of human innovation and creativity: breaking old paradigms, Scott Elias The problem of stasis in stone tool technology during the Early Pleistocene, Clive Gamble North African origins of symbolically mediated behaviour and the Aterian, Francesco D’Errico & Nick Barton Personal ornaments and symbolism among the Neanderthals, Zoão Zilhão Invention, re-invention and innovation: the makings of Oldowan lithic technology, Erella Hovers Emergent patterns of creativity and innovation in early technologies, Steven L. Kuhn Evolutionary ecology of creativity, John Hoffecker Climate, creativity and competition: evaluating the Neanderthal ‘glass ceiling’,William Davies

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