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Re: Jurassic intelligence (time-scale for evolution of alien
>From: Derek Tearne <email@example.com>
> While I take your point about extinctions I would have to say that
> calling the Polynesians 'stone age' is ignoring both their cultural
> sophistication, navigational prowess and technological achievements.
> After all, a culture which could colonise the entire pacific *and get
> back home* aren't really that 'primitive' are they?.
They may not have been "primitive", but they *still* were stone-
age by definition, since the definition of stone-age is simply
"a culture not making regular use of metallic tools".
The pre-European contact cultures of the Pacific did NOT use metal
tools, so they were stone-age by definition - as were almost all of
the indiginous North American cultures - even such sophisticated
and advanced cultures as the Maya.
The peace of God be with you.