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Earliest anatomical description of human body

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The standard history of anatomy traces its roots back to classical Greece, but a new reading of a recently discovered Chinese text argues that the Chinese were also among the earliest anatomists.

Writing in The Anatomical Record, Vivien Shaw and Isabelle Winder of Bangor University, UK and Rui Diogo of Howard University, U.S., interpret the Mawangdui medical manuscripts found in a Chinese tomb in the early 1970s, as the earliest surviving anatomical description of the human body.

Discovered near Changsha, in South Central China, the manuscripts were placed in a tomb around 2,200 years ago in 168BCE. This new interpretation of the texts would make them the oldest surviving anatomical atlas in the world.

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-ancient-chinese-text-revealed-anatomical.html

https://anatomypubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ar.24503

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seanjo

Yeah yeah, I bet somewhere in the world there is a cave that early man used to live in with a picture of a penis and testicles...

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15 hours ago, seanjo said:

Yeah yeah, I bet somewhere in the world there is a cave that early man used to live in with a picture of a penis and testicles...

Close:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_of_Hohle_Fels

Edit: Live reference.

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