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November 30 2012

An engraved stone artifact found at the Shuidonggou Paleolithic site, northwest China


The origin and dispersal of modern humans and modern human behavior are key interests in Paleolithic archaeology and anthropology.

Engraved objects are usually seen as a hallmark of cognition and symbolism, which are viewed as important features of modern human behavior. In recent years, engraved ochre, bones and ostrich eggs unearthed from various Paleolithic sites in Africa, the Near East and Europe have attracted the attention of many scholars.

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