Monica L. Smith


On her book A Prehistory of Ordinary People

Cover Interview of January 30, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“We inherited multitasking from our paleolithic ancestors.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Our species evolved to be uniquely capable of interacting with the world through multiple stops and starts while interweaving new information and techniques for creative purposes.”

On the second:

“Our species’ ability to do many things at once, and to cope with interruptions in those workstreams, is evident in the archaeological record starting many thousands of years before the first cities, states, or empires.”