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World's Oldest Sculpture Discovered

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A 400,000-year-old stone object unearthed in Morocco could be the world's oldest attempt at sculpture. That is the claim of a prehistoric art specialist who says the ancient rock bears clear signs of modification by humans.

The object, which is around six centimetres in length, is shaped like a human figure, with grooves that suggest a neck, arms and legs. On its surface are flakes of a red substance that could be remnants of paint.

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Kimm

magic is on of humanityes first believes. Maby that was some cind of early vodo doll and that the person that made it baried it to put a spell on someone or something

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Lillian416

but didn't the humanityes use only natural type stuff for their voodoo?? For example, berry juice for paint, cloth made from their bare hands?? maybe I am thinking of something completly differant....pretty neat though, I would love to be someone who discoveries something many, many centuries old. rolleyes.gif

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Sidhe

[Edit: Now that I've actually gone and read the thing, this point is brought out in the article. Duh! But my "earlier evolution" rider still stands.]

At that age, in Morocco, we probably are not even be talking about Homo Sapiens having done it, since it isn't thought they busted out of Eastern Africa until some time later. That would be something, to find that the older version of human had indulged in art.

But it may only mean that Homo Sapiens had evolved and left earlier than supposed.

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j6p

When I laid up a stone front to my house I used mostly a serpentine sedimentary that is local here. It took me two summers to do a job that should have taken me a month. The reason is that I would cleave almost every stone and get into the interior, examining it for fossils and other telltale clues to its history. I knew that I was the only human to ever see it. This statue is almost like that but what's cool about the statue is that another human actually carved it.

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