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The prehistory of number concept

  • Karenleigh A. Overmann (a1), Thomas Wynn (a2) and Frederick L. Coolidge (a3)

Abstract

Carey leaves unaddressed an important evolutionary puzzle: In the absence of a numeral list, how could a concept of natural number ever have arisen in the first place? Here we suggest that the initial development of natural number must have bootstrapped on a material culture scaffold of some sort, and illustrate how this might have occurred using strings of beads.

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