35,000-year-old Human Figurine: Oldest Ever?


It appears men had voluptuous women on their minds about 10,000 years earlier than we previously thought. A new archeological find is the oldest known representation of a human being. Ed Yong reveals the new art piece, and its implications on how we see prehistoric man and our own cultural evolution.

This sculpture may look a little bit like a roast chicken, but don't let that distract you - it's an incredibly important artistic find. This small figurine is arguably the oldest representation of the human body yet discovered.

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(image credit: Nicholas Conard)

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by mattphunkadellic.


There you have it ladies, men have had their head in the gutter for 35,000 years. Abandon all hope for us, it ain't getting any better! But then again, it does prove that the whole misconception about the whole anorexic hourglass figure which has been hammered into our culture for so many years. Even men back then knew real women had curves! Damn, now I’m hungry for roasted chicken.
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It's pretty standard representation for neolithic female figures.

The Venus of Willendorf is the most famous.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_of_Willendorf
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It’s pretty standard representation for internet know-it-alls.

The Chasmere is not the best at it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_of_Willendorf_was not_made_in_the_neolithic_period,_but_upper paleolithic._And_this_roast_chicken_looking_one_is 10,000_years_older_than_that.
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I'd heard that before, Vbnx, and repeating it has caused a revelation...can we blame the media for making us fat by showing us primarily thinner people? Are we eating more because our heroes are all too thin?

Perhaps a conspiracy theory deserving of it's own website?

I gotta quit smokin' this stuff...
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Why are we all so convinced this was carved by a guy? Maybe this was early lesbian art? An advertising standup to inspire the girls at their Weight Watchers meeting? A kindergarten art project for Mother's Day?
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@Medussa

If a woman made it the head would be bigger or as big as the breasts. As for guys, we hardly notice that part until they start talking.
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Why when we want to depict Christian religion, does the cross and the thorns on the head have all the attention...?

If the priests or sjamans of this religion were women, they could also very well have made these all bums and breasts sculptures.

In some African cultures it is still very sexy and desirable to be very fat and visibly Fertile.
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Obviously carved by a guy with peculiar tastes.. Ah, c'mon, women always liked to be slim

Newaz, women back then had less work, so it is a bit obvious that all they had to do was (not watching TV) watching the drams in their villages or tribes and look after the house. No work back then (meant for laundry and stuff)
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Looking at about half the comments here I think there is good evidence that evolution is running backwards.

This figurine represents an incredible part of the common heritage of all people. There is no way to understand the context in which it was made but given that “porn” is a modern concept it is not “porn”. It reflects sexuality for sure but sexuality as it has been throughout most of the history of humanity. Mystic and spiritual, tied to pleasure and procreation, natural and supernatural. Interwoven with life.

Over sexed nerds getting each other off with crude comments while drooling over internet images of digitally enhanced fantasy women are a new phenomenon. I doubt they will last as long as this and the other “Venus” figures.

Some things deserve respect simply because of what they are.
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This ancient ivory “headless” figurine of a woman is almost identical to a Malta (island south of Italy) Neolithic figurine – fertility goddess. See link below – scroll halfway down to view pic:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://barclay1720.tripod.com/hist/images/maltavenus3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://barclay1720.tripod.com/hist/paleo/neovenus.htm&usg=__7Krs4uayVG3lVu9B8223h3bz6LM=&h=399&w=338&sz=19&hl=en&start=1&sig2=6JpyFGm3tpgtzmOvEvE2JQ&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=Q6MPbfQUXDHl6M:&tbnh=124&tbnw=105&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmalta%2Bfemale%2Bfigure%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=hQw5TPylNIKclgeStd2wBA

N.Gagnon - explorer
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