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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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This page is a summary of: The prehistory of number concept, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, May 2011, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0140525x10002189.
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