Re: Fwd: Carvings Spark Debate on Origin of Abstract Thought

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    Excellent article. I recently saw a photograph of a flute made out of what
    looked like a femur that was carbon dated around 40,000 ago. The number of
    holes in it suggests development of a musical scale had already been
    achieved by that time. There was more culture in our ancient past than we
    imagine today.

    >Carvings Spark Debate on Origin of Abstract Thought
    >Science: The discovery suggests the ability began longer ago than
    >believed, and in Africa, not Europe.
    >January 11 2002
    >The very modern human traits of complex and abstract thinking may have
    >evolved in Africa 77,000 years ago--almost twice as early as previously
    >believed--according to a team of anthropologists who unearthed

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