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Man as Artist and Sportsman in the Palæolithic Period

  • Robert Munro
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So long as Homo sapiens was believed to occupy a higher platform in the organic world than other animals by virtue of his special endowments, no one, apparently, thought of looking for evidence of his origin and history in the obscure vista of prehistoric times. The long cherished traditions and myths which had gathered around the inquiry left little room for any other hypothesis than that his apparition on the field of life was the last and crowning achievement of a long series of creative fiats which brought the present world-drama into existence. In the cosmogony thus conjured up, the multitudinous phenomena of the material world—animals and plants, the distribution of land and water, the recurrence of seasons, etc.—were regarded as having been specially designed and arranged to administer to the life-functions of this new being.

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note * page 98 See Neue Denkschriften der allgemeinen schweizerischen Gesellschaft für die yesammten Naturwissenschaften, vol. xxxv.

note * page 110 These flint figures are from the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society (vol. li.). The block was kindly lent to me by the Council for use in Prehistoric Problems, and it is here reprinted from the cliché then made for me.

note * page 120 Bull, de la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris, series v., vol. iv. p. 432.

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Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
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