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July 31, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(5):429-430. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580050057017

The assumptions with regard to the cave man's interests, and the belief that our primal ancestor was occupied exclusively with the struggle for existence have been so commonly accepted, that facts which completely contradict these theories are of interest. Professor MacCurdy1 of Yale has written recently concerning some discoveries of works of art left by paleolithic man on the walls and floors of caverns in the Pyrenees. A report concerning these objects has recently been made to the French Institute. The caves in the Pyrenees have in recent years yielded a series of art objects which illustrate forcibly how high was the artistic ability of the cave dwellers. The remains of the art of these men are among the earliest documents available in human history. For a generation paleontologists have been familiar with portable Quaternary art objects, carved tools, weapons and the like, and also with engraved pebbles and

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