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Early Start for Human Art? Ochre May Revise Timeline

Science  30 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5914, pp. 569
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5914.569

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Thirteen engraved ochre pieces from Africa, many dated to 100,000 years ago, may represent an artistic or symbolic tradition, researchers suggest. If so, the timeline for the earliest known symbolic behavior must once again be redrawn.