Ancient Cave Drawings and Early Human Language Linked in New Study
Published:24 Feb.2018    Source:National Geographic
Published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the paper suggests cave art was made in acoustic "hot spots" because early humans were converting acoustic sounds into drawings.
"Our research suggests that the cognitive mechanisms necessary for the development of cave and rock art are likely to be analogous to those employed in the expression of the symbolic thinking required for language," says Cora Lesure, a linguist at MIT and one of the study's authors. Essentially, Lesure says, the cognitive functions needed to transfer acoustic sounds to pictures are the same cognitive functions needed in language.