/Oldest Denisovan art discovered on 100,000-year-old bone fragments

Oldest Denisovan art discovered on 100,000-year-old bone fragments

bone with scratches

Denisovan artwork?

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They might not look much compared to the work of Michelangelo or Van Gogh. But a couple of abstract etchings discovered in China could be a sign that the Denisovans, our mysterious extinct cousins, were artists. The 100,000-year-old marks on two pieces of bone also bolster the idea that Denisovans, like Neanderthals, were capable of symbolic thought – once regarded as a something only modern humans could do.

The bones were unearthed at Lingjing in Henan Province in China, a site where a population of archaic humans, thought to be Denisovans – though this …

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