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How the bow and arrow changed the world

The Columbus Dispatch has posted an interesting article about how the bow and arrow changed the world by triggering the growth of social complexity wherever it was brought into use.

According to this idea, the introduction of a more-effective weapon system gave social groups a safer, more-reliable way to coerce uncooperative individuals to support the efforts of the group or to seek another one somewhere else.

This, in turn, allowed social groups to grow larger without the previously inevitable splintering into rival groups based largely on family loyalties. In violent conflicts, members of larger groups would have an evolutionary advantage over members of smaller groups. As a result, larger groups requiring increased levels of social complexity would proliferate.

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Story: Bradley T. Leper, Columbus Dispatch | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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