A 1.5 metric ton block of engraved limestone constitutes the earliest evidence of wall art, report anthropologists working in southern France.
“Early Aurignacian humans functioned, more or less, like humans today,” explains New York University anthropology professor Randall White, one of the study’s co-authors. “They had relatively complex social identities communicated through personal ornamentation, and they practiced sculpture and graphic arts.”
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