Friday, October 14, 2011

Primitive, not stupid

I get really tired of people who say that Stone Age humans were less intelligent than we are. How about this for evidence to the contrary. A paint workshop...where apparently people gathered to mix ochre for cave paintings and body paint (I say people, but it's likely this kind of work was mostly done by women). The point is not just that they were making paint, but that they had a special area set aside for it. You can imagine them sitting around mixing the dye and chatting about who was mating with who...

(Humans have always gossiped about other people's sexual activity. I'm sure of it).