When you look at a piece of art like The Fisherman Bone, it is sometimes easy to forget that it is one of the oldest pieces of the oldest artwork in the world. It was created by one of the earliest artists in the Western Hemisphere, between 14,000 and 40,000 years ago.

All living beings communicate with each other in some fashion or another, be it through the sonar of dolphins, the touch and pheromones of ants, the vocal communication and visual display of birds, but human beings are able to do something that sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.

Our ability to comprehend beyond our vocal and haptic (sense of touch) communication has played a huge role in why mankind has survived as a species. Specifically, our ability to impose meaning onto symbols, graphic or inscription, to create a visual form of language to coincide with our verbal communication. This method developed over thousands of years. Over a long period of time, similar to the development of technology, each tidbit of achievement adding to last until we finally come to the form of language(s) we have today. But to get to here we had to go through thousands of years of development that did not already exist. To quote paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger, “Those people didn’t have the shoulders of any giants to stand on. They were the original shoulders.

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