Bigger groups make better tools

Living in large groups may propel the ability of people to create new and clever things

By Stephen Ornes, 14:27 PM December 11, 2013

Many animals are smart. But people are uniquely so. When devising new tools, they usually improve on some earlier version. And each new tool can help make the designer’s entire community more effective at some task, like gathering food. A new study now links living in large groups with the development of more complex and effective tools.


In this case, the tools aren’t just those used for digging or building. The study’s authors suggest large groups also may have made possible the creation of ...

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