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Therefore, if domain-speciﬁcity accounts are correct then the domains of knowledge that make up human cognition are likely to be those that were most salient in primate evolution (or earlier) and most costly in terms of survival and reproductive success. This hypothesis predicts that the domainspeciﬁc distinctions that humans possess should be shared by closely related primate species whose cognitive mechanisms serve similar functions evolutionarily. Similarly, because natural selection is likely to favour domainspeciﬁc mechanisms for problems that have a narrow window of learning, one would predict that these distinctions should emerge early and consistently in human ontogeny, without need for much experience.
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