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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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The First Men

The First Men

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(p.3) Chapter One The First Men
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The Penultimate Curiosity
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Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.003.0001

This chapter describes early encounters with native peoples and artefacts. These include Charles Darwin’s contact with the ‘savage’ Fuegians in Tierra del Fuego in 1832; Èdouard Lartet’s discovery of human bones and stone tools alongside the bones of extinct Ice Age mammals in 1852, while excavating a cave at Aurignac; the discovery of Palaeolithic rock paintings and engravings in Europe throughout the first half of the twentieth century; Abbé Breuil’s contributions to prehistory, including his analysis of the sequence of prehistoric cultures; and the discovery of clay sculptures by Comte Henri Bégouën’s two sons on his estate at Montesquieu-Avantès in the foothills of the Pyrenees in October 1912.

Keywords:   Darwin, Fuegians, Èdouard Lartet, fossils, Ice Age mammals, Palaeolithic rock paintings, clay sculptures, Comte Henri Bégouën

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