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From left to right, top to bottom:
Row 1 - Asterisk, Aviform, Circle, Claviform, Cordiform, Crosshatch, Cruciform, Cupule
Row 2 - Dot, Finger Fluting, Flabelliform, Half-Circle, Line, Negative Hand, Open-Angle, Oval
Row 3 - Pectiform, Penniform, Positive Hand, Quadrangle, Reniform, Scalariform, Segmented Cruciform, Serpentiform
Row 4 - Spanish Tectiform, Spiral, Tectiform, Triangle, Unctiform, W Sign (Lake Chauvet type sign), Y Sign, Zigzag

These 32 symbols are consistently found on cave walls throughout Europe and testify to the awesome quality of symbolic thought characteristic of my ancient paleolithic ancestors. Indeed, this may well be the most ancient form of symbolic graphical communication known to date.

"Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn't just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Paleoanthropologist and rock art researcher Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified these ancient markings in caves across Europe. The uniformity of her findings suggest that graphic communication, and the ability to preserve and transmit messages beyond a single moment in time, may be much older than we think." (Credit - Genevieve von Petzinger)

Why Are These 32 Symbols Found in Caves All Over Europe | Genevieve von Petzinger | TED Talks

 

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