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Challenge: Language (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Location: New Brighton, MN
Date: Mar 22, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10 second
Galleries: Science and Technology, History
Date Uploaded: Mar 24, 2009

Experts who study prehistoric life and the development of language think that language developed gradually, beginning as an imitation of sounds in nature, such as the barking of certain animals and the howling of the wind.

The first steps towards written language were paintings and drawings, also known as paleolithic art. Prehistoric artists began to use a series of pictures to tell a story, such as the story of a good hunting trip or a violent storm.

Gradually, people developed a system of small pictures that stood for most common objects and ideas. Such a system is known as pictographic writing.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2009 10:04:43 PM
There was symbols, and drawings, to remember important things. Nice idea, the folded skins around add to the photo.
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03/30/2009 01:27:04 PM
One of my top picks. I liked the way that you did not dull the colors in an attempt to make it look older.
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03/28/2009 06:38:00 AM
ok, so they had embroidery before written words? I don't think so!
03/26/2009 09:35:26 AM
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03/25/2009 05:05:24 AM
Nice take on the challenge
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