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Thursday, May 14, 2009


Oldest Known Sculpture Is Busty Clue to Brain Boom
From a cave in southwestern Germany, archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known piece of figurative art. More than an ancient artistic impulse, it may signify a profound change in modern human brains.

The small sculpture (about the size of a pinkie finger) is about 36,000 years old and depicts a woman with exaggerated breasts, which isn't surprising as these sorts of depictions, perhaps religious or fertility-related, have been found in other prehistorical digs.

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