Boobs

Morgan Meis ponders that 36,000 year old sculpture revealed a few weeks ago:

That humans of 40,000 years ago with roughly the same cognitive apparatus as ourselves would be far more interested in the business of nooky ought to come as little surprise. To be human is to be concerned with screwing. Not just to do it, but to be concerned about it. That our earliest examples of art would reflect sexual obsession is downright poetic. It fits in quite nicely with all the other developments, the "major, mutation-driven reorganization in the cognitive capacities of the human brain," that were happening around the time that the Venus was carved. Having more complicated brains and caring about sex are not, all joking aside, conflicting developments. To the contrary, it would be hard to imagine calling any early hominid truly human without thinking of it as a sexual being.

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