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- Jan 2023
Finally, statistics should reinforce the fact that any patterning found cannot be explained as accidental.
It is possible that the variations in patterning may tell us about the relative timing of the data. Perhaps the earliest data points may have been anecdotal evidence that was improved over time.
Of course it could be the case that migrations, births, etc. may have shifted somewhat over time.
What does the general climate data from these areas and this time period show? Is there variability in this time period?
Our analytical groups are: aurochs, birds, bison, caprids, cervids, fish, horses, mammoths, rhinos. Because of exceptionally low numbers we exclude snakes and wolverines. We also omitted sequences associated with apparent human depictions, or images in which such were part, in order to treat these separately at a later date.
Given the regular seasonality of most animal rutting and parturition, how is it that the human animal evolved to have a more year-round mating season?
We also demonstrate that the <Y> sign, one of the most frequently occurring signs in Palaeolithic non-figurative art, has the meaning <To Give Birth>. The position of the <Y> within a sequence of marks denotes month of parturition, an ordinal representation of number in contrast to the cardinal representation used in tallies.
parturition<br /> the action of giving birth to young
<Y> potentially one of the first written "words"
- climate change
- animal migrations
- open questions
- cave art
- non-figurative art
- indigenous knowledge