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

  title={Red Ochre and Human Evolution: A Case for Discussion [and Comments and Reply]},
  author={Ernst E. Wreschner and Ralph Bolton and Karl Wilhelm Butzer and Henri Delporte and Alexander Niklas H{\"a}usler and Albert C. Heinrich and Anita Jacobson‐Widding and Tadeusz Malinowski and Claude Masset and Sheryl F. Miller and Avraham Ronen and Ralph S. Solecki and Peter Stephenson and Lynn Thomas and Heinrich Zollinger},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  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… 
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