Genevieve von Petzinger

Paleoanthropologist | Author | Explorer | TED Speaker with 6 Million Views

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Genevieve von Petzinger is a Canadian paleoanthropologist, author and explorer. She is one of the world’s leading experts on Ice Age art and the origins of graphic communication. Genevieve’s specific focus is on the geometric signs found at many of these sites, and she’s interested in how these enigmatic markings can help us to better understand human cognitive evolution as well as the development of symbolic thought and the modern mind during this early chapter in prehistory.

Genevieve is passionate about science communication and enjoys sharing her work as a speaker as well as working with various media outlets (Nat Geo, CBC, TBS) to make science more exciting and approachable for the general public. Her research has been extensively featured both nationally and internationally in print, radio and on television, and along with receiving the 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, Genevieve is also a TED Senior Fellow and her TED talk has been viewed more than 6 million times.

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