Little Horny Man

Scientists attributed this unusual rock carving as part of a fertility ritual, but perhaps it just proves that juvenile humor has been part of mankind since, well, forever.

Neatoramanauts, meet "Little Horny Man" of the Lapa do Santo cave in Brazil:

The engraving is also depicted with a relatively oversized phallus about 2 inches (5 cm) long, or about as long as the man's left arm.

"We named the figure 'the little horny man,'" Neves said.

"The figure is probably linked to some kind of fertility ritual," Neves told LiveScience. "There is another site in the same region where you find paintings with men with oversized phalluses, and also pregnant women, and even a parturition (childbirth) scene."

Carbon dating and other tests of the sediment covering the petroglyph suggest the engraving dates between 9,000 and 12,000 years old. This makes it the oldest reliably dated instance of such rock art found yet in the Americas.

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