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Sarawak Museum holds talk on human evolution and ancient art

Some 60 history and art enthusiasts recently learned more than they thought they knew about human evolution and ancient art organised by the Sarawak Museum. The educational talk was presented by international experts Professor Paul S C Tacon and Associate Professor Darren Curnoe held at the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak of the museum.

The talk by Tacon was entitled ‘Caves, Cognition, Animals and Artists: An Illustrated Journey Through Time, Space, Rock Art and The Human Mind’, where he demonstrated a visual-packed lecture that involved ancient art and human evolution using images like paintings, drawings, engravings, stencils, prints and rock markings found around the world. It was quite an interesting topic for the art lovers who might not have known much about the origins of certain art forms of today.

Meanwhile, Curnoe talked on ‘The Early Peopling of East and Southeast Asia: An Emerging Story of Complexity in Later Human Evolution’, which was more on the historical aspects in which he deliberated about the importance of animal depiction of early hunter-gatherer behaviour of human and that it was developed in Africa and not Europe as some theorists found. In his presentation, he also revealed that human beings had originated from Africa where he reviewed discoveries and breakthroughs that have been reported in the past 50 years while he also put a lot of focus on the Red Deer Cave people from Southwestern China which although not archeologically proven, shows signs that they could be the early versions of the homo-sapiens.