How did the brains of our hominin ancestors first become human minds? When did our capacity for language and art, music and dance evolve? And why does this matter today?
This groundbreaking book contends that it was the need for early humans to live in ever-larger social groups, and to maintain social relations over ever-greater distances – the ability to ‘think big’ – that drove the enlargement of the human brain and the development of the human mind. As Thinking Big shows, it seems we still inhabit social worlds that originated deep in our evolutionary past – by the fireside, on the hunt and across the grasslands of Africa.
'An important, provocative essay on human evolution, argued with great eloquence and skill'
'A triumph of collaboration, as well as a gripping detective story'
'A dramatic demolition of the “stones and bones” approach to archaeology'
'Retains the Thames & Hudson tradition of thinking clearly, and writing well … You will not read a more important book this year'