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Tortoise Pace for the Evolution of Chinese Writing?

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Science  02 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5620, pp. 723
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5620.723a

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Writing did not emerge in China until 2 millennia after it appeared in what is today southern Iraq, about 5200 years ago. But a team of Chinese and U.S. researchers now proposes that writing in China went through a long, slow evolution that stretches back an astonishing 8000 years.