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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

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

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

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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