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dc.contributor.authorRiede, Felix
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Matthew J
dc.contributor.authorNowell, April
dc.contributor.authorLangley, Michelle C
dc.contributor.authorJohannsen, Niels N
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-29T00:18:31Z
dc.date.available2021-04-29T00:18:31Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn2513-843Xen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/ehs.2021.7en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/404004
dc.description.abstractCultural evolutionary theory conceptualises culture as an information-transmission system whose dynamics take on evolutionary properties. Within this framework, however, innovation has been likened to random mutations, reducing its occurrence to chance or fortuitous transmission error. In introducing the special collection on children and innovation, we here place object play and play objects – especially functional miniatures – from carefully chosen archaeological contexts in a niche construction perspective. Given that play, including object play, is ubiquitous in human societies, we suggest that plaything construction, provisioning and use have, over evolutionary timescales, paid substantial selective dividends via ontogenetic niche modification. Combining findings from cognitive science, ethology and ethnography with insights into hominin early developmental life-history, we show how play objects and object play probably had decisive roles in the emergence of innovative capabilities. Importantly, we argue that closer attention to play objects can go some way towards addressing changes in innovation rates that occurred throughout human biocultural evolution and why innovations are observable within certain technological domains but not others.en_US
dc.languageenen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrome11en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEvolutionary Human Sciencesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume3en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistory and Archaeologyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode21en_US
dc.titleChildren and innovation: play, play objects and object play in cultural evolutionen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC2 - Articles (Other)en_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationRiede, F; Walsh, MJ; Nowell, A; Langley, MC; Johannsen, NN, Children and innovation: play, play objects and object play in cultural evolution, Evolutionary Human Sciences, 2021, 3, pp. e11en_US
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.date.updated2021-04-29T00:16:40Z
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gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Evolutionary Human Sciences. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
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