Approximately 800,000 BC: At least some of the complex social patterns required to support prolonged child rearing apparently exist among some variations of human ancestors now...
...in the vicinity someday to be known as Spain. Circa 1999 AD evidence will be mounting that these early human predecessors also boast brain sizes similar to 20th century humans.
-- "Human Growth Displays Ancient Roots" By B. Bower, Science News Online, Vol. 155, No. 14, April 3, 1999, p. 212
Such complex social developments seem to indicate the presence of language of some sort.
One element of the above bears repeating: HUMANS OF 800,000 BC APPEAR TO POSSESS VIRTUALLY THE SAME SIZE BRAINS AS LATER 20TH CENTURY PEOPLES.
This suggests much of modern man and his capabilities exist by this point in some form.
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