Indeed. Thing is, we’re a VERY creative and inventive species. We didn’t just “get creative” post Newton.
One of the best things I “unlearned” in my late teens was the idea that humans prior to Renaissance were idiots. They most certainly were not idiots. Very resourceful and creative, JUST AS INTELLIGENT as us.
I think we just brag about ourselves more in this timeframe. They didn’t brag: they were just getting things accomplished.