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Ancient Venus rewrites history books


A 35,000-year-old prehistoric sculpture of a female form found in Germany could be one of our earliest artistic attempt to represent ourselves.

The Hohle Fels Venus, uncovered at a cave in the southwest province of Swabia, is a 6-centimetre long depiction of a woman carved from mammoth ivory. It is one of the earliest - and best - depictions of a woman from the hunter-gatherer groups that populated Europe during the last ice-age.

See the film on the Nature website. Paul Mellars notes in Nature that the "discovery of the sexually explicit figurine of a woman, dating to 35,000 years ago, provides striking evidence of the symbolic explosion that occurred in the earliest populations of Homo sapiens in Europe".

Photo: H. Jensen. Copyright: Universität Tübingen.