Behavioral Modernity is a term created by paleoarcheologists to describe when prehistoric humans started to display the characteristics of an advanced culture and society. Wikipedia states, “Elements of behavioral modernity include finely-made tools, fishing, long-distance sharing or exchange among groups, self-ornamentation, figurative art, games, music, cooking and burial.” Symbolic thinking is a key thing in behavioral modernity and archaeologists try to find evidence of religion and other abstract cultural concepts. It’s neat to study how humans evolved mentally as well as physically!
Read this article about behavioral modernity! It’s quite fascinating!