Abstract: Many human firsts appear during the period of the African past known as the Middle Stone Age (~300,000 - 40,000 years ago). Our species, Homo sapiens, is found with modern looking morphology, complex multi-component tools, symbolism, abstract thought, long-term forethought, and an expanded range of foods included in the diet including shellfish. Many aspects of human behavior during this time can be determined from the combination of archaeology, palaeo-anthropology, and palaeo-genetics but there are also many questions regarding foraging behavior, population sizes, intra- and inter-group dynamics, and early cooperation that need a novel approach. In this talk, I will describe our efforts to use an agent-based modelling approach to better answer these questions and how our results help address the wider questions of the origins of human behaviour.
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