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Unformatted text preview: Paleolithic, was almost certainly a positive feedback process. Initially a by-product of some sort of cultural change, longevity became a prerequisite for the unique and complex behaviors that signal modernity. These innovations in turn promoted
the importance and survivorship of older adults, which led to the
population expansions that had such profound cultural and genetic effects on our predecessors. Older and wiser, indeed.
more to explore Older Age Becomes Common Late in Human Evolution. rachel Caspari and Sang-Hee
lee in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Vol. 101, No. 30, pages 10895–
10900; July 27, 2004.
Is Human Longevity a Consequence of Cultural Change or Modern Human Biology?
rachel Caspari and Sang-Hee lee in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Vol. 129,
pages 512–517; April 2006.
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read about precocious examples of modern human behavior at
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