Denisovan Ancestry in East Eurasian and Native American Populations

24 July 2011

Paired bird motif identified in several art pieces by Mark Jones from Piney Point, Maryland

A paired bird line etching in sandstone, Mark Jones find, Piney Point, Maryland

This rare petroglyphic portable rock art piece was found near the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. It depicts two birds on a hand-sized cobble. This area is a major migratory bird flyway and birds, especially water birds, are a major component of the local natural environment.

Please also see the February 10 posting "Kissy Birds" for another example of the paired bird motif identified as a recurring pattern in local portable rock art by artifact and fossil hunter Mark Jones. Mark was kind enough to host me at his home earlier this year and shared part of his collection of hundreds of natural fossils, stone age tools and art pieces. He arrives at many of his waterside find sites by boat. "Kissy Birds"

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