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 (ôr′ĭg-nā′shən, ôr′ēn-yā′-)
Of or relating to the Old World Upper Paleolithic culture between Mousterian and Solutrean, associated with early modern humans and characterized by artifacts such as figures of stone and bone, graphic artwork, the use of dress and adornment, and flaked stone blades.

[After Aurignac.]
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) of, relating to, or produced during a flint culture of the Upper Palaeolithic type characterized by the use of bone and antler tools, pins, awls, etc, and also by cave art and evidence of the beginnings of religion
[C20: from French Aurignacien, after Aurignac, France, in the Pyrenees, near which is the cave where remains were discovered]
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(ˌɔr ɪnˈyeɪ ʃən)

of or designating an Upper Paleolithic industry with stone and bone artifacts distributed from W France to the Middle East.
[1910–15; < French]
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Belonging to a period of the Paleolithic Age during which primitive humans used bone and antler tools and made cave paintings.
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Aurignacian culture existed until approximately 28,000 years ago.
Aurignacian culture flourished in western Europe during what is known as the Upper Palaeolithic period, from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago.
3, 2005 Nature, assert that Chatelperronian culture preceded Aurignacian culture by a few thousand years or more at Grotte des Fees and other sites, and that the two populations eventually met.