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The earliest Chinese characters - Shell & Bone Inscription

The earliest Chinese characters, called Shell and Bone Inscription, were pictographic symbols carved onto turtle shells (and animal bones) by Shang Dynasty people.



That's more than three thousand years ago! It was said that the Chinese characters were invented by a Master Chronicler of History for the Yellow Emperor, in the forms of figures of birds, animals, and objects.  The block-shaped characters we use today are the result of constant innovation and improvements by many people in different historical periods, and are gradually evolved from the pictographic symbols of the Shell and Bone Inscription, and the Bronze Inscription. 

Wanna know why 'moon' is the radical now used for 'flesh/meat' such as names of body parts? Yes

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