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Megan Beney KilgoreCohort 2016


  • BA, Anthropology, Knox College, 2013


Children almost certainly would have been the targets of social transmission for stone tool skill learning, so to have a more complete picture of social learning in the Paleolithic, it is imperative to study stone tool skill learning in modern human children.  Although the comparison is not, and cannot be, perfect, the goal of my research is not to make claims about ancient hominin life histories, but rather to provide context for how adults and children may learn stone knapping skills differently.  Such data would have implications on the role of development in skill learning and would contribute to an evolution-focused discourse on the cognitive and motor abilities required to successfully manufacture stone tool technology. 

Advisor: Dr. Stout