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Look: Ancient jewelry marks a milestone in early human culture

When did our ancestors start making art, just like us?

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Tens of thousands of years ago, early humans spent much of their time and energy on survival: Hunting, gathering, making tools, and building small settlements.

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In addition to these practical efforts, they also followed rituals, made art, and carved keepsakes.