Red Ochre and Human Evolution: A Case for Discussion [and Comments and Reply]

@article{Wreschner1980RedOA,
  title={Red Ochre and Human Evolution: A Case for Discussion [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={E. E. Wreschner and R. Bolton and K. Butzer and Henri Delporte and A. H{\"a}usler and A. Heinrich and A. Jacobson‐Widding and T. Malinowski and C. Masset and Sheryl F. Miller and A. Ronen and R. Solecki and P. Stephenson and L. Thomas and H. Zollinger},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1980},
  volume={21},
  pages={631 - 644}
}
This paper evaluates red ochre phenomena as a fossil indicator for developments of human capacities and red color choice in cultures. The archaeological record reveals that, from Early Palaeolithic to historical times, the collectors and users of red ochre have always been a distinctive minority (probable exceptions being the Magdalenian and Paleo-Indian peoples). Nevertheless, red ochre practices have persisted till the present, and the patterns of red ochre use show astonishing regularities… Expand
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