Human Evolution

, Volume 15, Issue 1–2, pp 113–120 | Cite as

Reflections on the main events and changing factors in the evolution of human behaviour. Present problems of change in human beings from an evolutionary perspective

  • J. M. Fullola i Pericot
  • J. Serrallonga


In this paper the authors analize the main physical and cultural changes of human species from its first moments to the future with an evolutionary perspective. They consider physical items like bipedalism, fire, language or tool production, but also some cultural ones like burials, art or changes on the prehistoric group’s economy, food production, etc.

Key words

Palaeoanthropology Prehistory Human behavior Human evolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Fullola i Pericot
    • 1
  • J. Serrallonga
    • 1
  1. 1.(Dept. of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology, Fac. of Geography and HistoryUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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