Evidence of ancient abstract thinking, or just making shit up?



This is a weird one: It’s pretty awesome that there might be evidence that abstract thought existed before language, and even before the so-called “modern” human… as far back as 2 million years.


However, when you take a step back, two things stand out to me: First, it’s been reasonably shown that some other kinds of pre-language primates have shown what could be considered abstract thinking.  So it wouldn’t be so unreasonable to think that ancient proto-humans would be able to have the ability, as well. 


Second, the author of the blog totally pulled a Law of Fives using Phi (the Golden Mean), starting with putting the oblong around a sketch of a stone axe, and the moving on to trying to fit one around his fist, with mixed results.