The Greatest Innovation

This month’s issue of the National Geographic magazine features “firsts”. One article begins:

“The greatest innovation of human kind was neither the stone tool nor the steel sword, but the invention of symbolic expression by the first artists.”

Lions from the Great Panel, Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc, France. 36,000 years old. Photo from National Geographic by Stephen Alvarez.
Lions from the Great Panel, Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc, France. 36,000 years old. Photo from National Geographic by Stephen Alvarez.

Supports my contention that our species would be better named Homo imago consors – the image makers.

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