2017 opens in Europe with a further increase of Paleolithic art researchers in surface stations. These enterprising scholars operate even outside the academic world, as in the heroic times of Jacques Boucher de Perthes.

Paleolithic, after the discovery of Homo habilis, had lengthened its origin trespassing in the Pliocene, so often we find Authors that give the Paleolithic origins with different datations from each other.

The Origin of Man (Homo habilis) is field of study of paleontology and covers the Pliocene, when the last hominid was an Australopithecus.

The discoveries of species of australopithecines have increased considerably in recent years, as their remains have been found in Africa, in areas where the climatic conditions are particularly favorable to the preservation of bones.

The statements of some Authors that the last australopithecines fabricated stone tools do not convince everyone, and some say that the author was Homo habilis, the first maker of artifacts.

My engagement in publishing studies on the Paleolithic is always directed to the spiritual culture that includes the art (sculpture, painting, art applied for decoration of tools, for the hunting etc.) and hypotheses on religion closely linked to art, as well as decoration of graves and hypotheses about religious rites, with prosecution for evolution of historical times.

I wish to all readers the pleasure of knowing new discoveries, hoping that some will be also described in these pages in the current year 2017.

Licia Filingeri (Editor)
Genova, gennaio 2017


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