Excerpt from Astronomical Petroglyphs

By: Marinus Anthony Van Der Sluijs and Anthony L. Peratt

Originally Published in 2010

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The so-called “Stickman” is the world’s most prevalent petroglyph. Found everywhere, the stickman can be carved as a stick-like figure with a head, two arms stretched out and up, and two legs stretched out and down. The figure is distinguished by a male anatomy. The stickman has several variations: with a belly, “an inner tube” around the belly, and variations in the arms (such as one or two, up or down). The head is usually bulbous but can also be a cup, a bird, or two horns. A rarer variety of stickman has two dots on either side of the belly. All of these varieties have been produced in a single plasma column, a result of a time-evolving nonlinear evolution of toroids pinched in the column. For example, shown to the right, the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow also produced an intense plasma column.

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Sluijs, Marinus Anthony Van Der and Peratt, Anthony L.. "Stickman." Expedition Magazine 52, no. 2 (July, 2010): -. Accessed June 13, 2024.

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