Actually, this is well understood. People did not invent the wheel for so long, because the wheel was useless to them. First they had to invent the road. Not the rough dirt track, but a reasonable even paved road, on which a wheel could run. Otherwise the careful step of beasts were always at an advantage. But there are other things which people took a long time to invent. And sometimes it is a puzzle to us why the obvious did not occur to them. First they had to invent the words. The whole of geometry is built upon a few concepts. Angle, Straight line. Circle. Measurement. Without the words, the mathematics that followed is impossible.