The Evolution of Human Art and Culture

  • The earliest ornamental beads. About 75,000 years old, from Blombos cave in South Africa; some of them are stained with ochre. The paper is in Science, 2004.

  • What makes humans truly human? Could it be (gasp!)... display? (Remember the origin of birds?)

    Cave paintings and carvings.

    Body Hair and Clothing

    When did humans lose body hair, and why? (And what skin color did they have at that point?) When did people begin to wear clothes routinely? BBC News OnLine, September 29, 2003. What you do is ask our lice: head lice and body lice have had time to diverge ecologically. The tentative answer is about 70,000 years ago. What?? Adam and Eve were created with LICE???

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