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An abstract drawing from the 73,000-year-old levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, September 2018
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An abstract drawing from the 73,000-year-old levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa
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Nature, September 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41586-018-0514-3
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Christopher S. Henshilwood, Francesco d’Errico, Karen L. van Niekerk, Laure Dayet, Alain Queffelec, Luca Pollarolo

Abstract

Abstract and depictive representations produced by drawing-known from Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia after 40,000 years ago-are a prime indicator of modern cognition and behaviour1. Here we report a cross-hatched pattern drawn with an ochre crayon on a ground silcrete flake recovered from approximately 73,000-year-old Middle Stone Age levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa. Our microscopic and chemical analyses of the pattern confirm that red ochre pigment was intentionally applied to the flake with an ochre crayon. The object comes from a level associated with stone tools of the Still Bay techno-complex that has previously yielded shell beads, cross-hatched engravings on ochre pieces and a variety of innovative technologies2-5. This notable discovery pre-dates the earliest previously known abstract and figurative drawings by at least 30,000 years. This drawing demonstrates the ability of early Homo sapiens in southern Africa to produce graphic designs on various media using different techniques.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 117 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 23 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 17%
Student > Master 12 10%
Professor 11 9%
Student > Bachelor 11 9%
Other 23 20%
Unknown 17 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 18 15%
Arts and Humanities 17 15%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 12 10%
Social Sciences 10 9%
Psychology 7 6%
Other 28 24%
Unknown 25 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2374. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 December 2020.
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#1,397
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#192
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#9
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