Bednarik, Robert G.
Concept-mediated marking in the lower palaeolithic
Current Anthropology 36. 4 (August-Oct, 1995): 605 (30 pages)
Anthropologists are focusing more attention on the Middle-to-Upper Palaeolithic
transition. The Lower Palaeolithic evidence provides observers a study
on the cognitive and technological capacities of early hominids. There
appears no sign of abrupt transitions between Palaeolithic phases. It
is possible that a more gradual evolution of cognitive abilities evolved
which started with the Lower Palaeolithic phase.
On Early Paleolithic 'concept-mediated marks,' mental modularity, and
the origins of art
Current Anthropology 37. 4 (August-Oct, 1996):666 (5 pages).
R.G. Bednarik erroneously assumed that realistic debate on early human
hominid recognition is impossible. Paleolithic archeologists have identified
the complexity of the Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition. Bednarik also
believed that the Bilzingsleben bones have symbolic significance, however,
his proof and descriptions of the artifacts was inaccurate and exaggerated.
Furthermore, the complex cognitive behavior of early hominids was also
exhibited in their tool making, foraging and social interaction.