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The Origin of Human Creativity

Author(s): Maxime Aubert

Year: 2017

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The recent discovery of cave paintings in Sulawesi dating to at least 40,000 years ago has altered our understanding of the origins and spread of the first painting traditions. This suggests that either rock art developed independently in Europe and Southeast Asia at about the same time, or that our species invented this trait prior to its initial expansion from Africa. Here I will discuss the implication of this discovery as well as new evidence from Borneo with the aim to deepen our knowledge of a major turning point in early human prehistory.

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The Origin of Human Creativity. Maxime Aubert. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429342)


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South Asia

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min long: 59.678; min lat: 4.916 ; max long: 92.197; max lat: 37.3 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 12141

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America