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The first signs : unlocking the mysteries of the world's oldest symbols

by Von Petzinger, Genevieve (Author)

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"One of the most significant works on our evolutionary ancestry since Richard Leakey's paradigm-shattering Origins, The First Signs is the first-ever exploration of the little-known geometric images that accompany most cave art around the world--the first indications of symbolic meaning, intelligenc... Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Two red dots
  • Once upon a time in Africa...
  • Glimmers of a modern mind
  • Intermittent signals
  • Welcome to the Ice Age
  • Venuses, lion-men, and signs beyond the mundane world
  • Life and death in the first villages
  • How to make cave art
  • Signs across the ages: the many styles of the oldest art
  • Of animals and humans and strange tableaux
  • Patterns: trading signs and sharing symbols
  • Chicken or egg: a brief history of language, brains, and writing
  • The lady of St. Germain-la-RivieĢ€re and her mysterious necklace
  • Through the eyes of the ancestors: a rock art epiphany
  • Feather or weapon: the real-world meanings of cave signs
  • Seeing the unseen world: visions, shamans, and the seven signs.