It doesn't matter how quick they learn, it still takes time to build and spread civilization. they invent fire and the wheel, and then try to spread this techniology, but in their lifetime reaming they can only translocate a fe hundred miles, if they're not killed for being strangers. To build a civilization you need to kick the shit out of your nieghbours until they pass on your civilization to their children. Then you got to kick the shit out of them again to make sure it sticks. The romans conquered the entire world 40 times over because the rim of the empire kept thinking that they could do their own thing. I wonder if all life on ocampa was short? Imagine if their food supply lived 4 times longer than ocampa?