On the Origin of Art and Symbolism

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Science  06 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5915, pp. 709-711
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5915.709

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How and when was the artistic gift born? In the second essay in Science's series in honor of the Year of Darwin, Michael Balter discusses the evolution of the human ability to develop mental images and convey them through abstract means such as drawing and sculpting.

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