Monthly Archives: October 2013

Developments in Written Language

The cave paintings previously discussed may have been the first artwork produced by humans as well as an early form of communication, yet as our ancestors began to spread out across the world, a more developed form of written communication … Continue reading

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Cave Paintings: Most Early Artists Were Female

A new analysis of the handprints found in prehistoric cave art in France and Spain has challenged the long held belief that cave art was produced by males. Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University has published his research on … Continue reading

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Cave Paintings – Lascaux, France

Oral communication was a huge evolutionary leap forward for humanity and one that enables us to connect with each other with far greater understanding than if we were silent. However, this does not mean that before we had mastered speech … Continue reading

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Origins of Language

Spoken communication came about due to the development of the vocal tract and the cognitive abilities in humans required to understand and produce vocalisations. This development has been dated to the Pleistocene period and our ancestors Homo habilis and Homo … Continue reading

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Hayao Miyazaki (part 2)

MIYAZAKI’S EARLY, PRE-GHIBLI WORKS Taiyo No Oji: Horusu No Daiboken (1986) (Prince of the Sun: The Adventure of Horus / The Little Norse Prince) Horusu trailer (YouTube) Made for Toei Animation Studios, Horusu was the first feature film directed by Isao Takahata, and Hayao … Continue reading

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Hayao Miyazaki (part 1)

The name Hayao Miyazaki has become synonymous with Japanese animation and with the news at the end of the summer that he will now retire from the director’s chair, I feel it is time to share my appreciation of this … Continue reading

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