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The Beginning of Art The unbroken line of art reaches all the way back to the ancient caveman scribing on a wall That didnt start with just one prehistoric caveman there must have been many around the world who evolved to the point of desire for bringing order out of chaos in an effort to communicate their ideas to others Examples of this type of primative art are found all over the world Which is evidence there was a common thread of human need for this type of expression It had to evolve out of a basic human psychic need that necessitated a desire toward noting ones surroundings an effort to control their world This is all extremely important to us because this was how Cro-Magnon Man first distinguished himself from Neanderthal Man I should mention here that Neanderthal Man didnt have the physical capability to talk he must have grunted He lacked the physical vocal cord development that Cro-Magnon Man had We are believed to be descended from Cro-Magnon Man So what we are actually looking at with cave painting is the early development of thought communication the development of speech and the early data-base Through this art we are given an insight into the evolution of the brain of man Just think if man never had the ability to speak like the Neanderthals who became extinct there would be no way for the brain to develop - to form symbols - and eventually speak Which of course leads to developing a data-base of knowledge that can be passed from one generation to another Thats why the early cave art is so important to us In academic art history we tend to overlook the first scratches of primitive man leaving their endeavor to be recorded and catalogued by the archeologist anthropologist paleontologist and so on Indeed it is a vital part of our evolution and also our art history In 1995 conducted dating
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