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Caveman porn

New discoveries show content may not have evolved as far as we’d like to think

Image from ‘New York Times’

The French have a great saying: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Roughly translated, it means, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’. And if you want proof of how relevant that is to content in general and the evolution of content in particular, it can be seen in some cave paintings found, appropriately, in France.

The New York Times reports that anthropologists believe a number of the 37,000-year-old illustrations on the walls of a rock shelter are, essentially, caveman porn. They show circles with small slits on one side, which the researchers believe represent the female vulva. ‘It’s the oldest evidence of any kind of graphic imagery,’ said New York University professor Randall White.

Pornography is, of course, easily accessible as online content. But it would seem our first content-creating ancestors (the men amongst them, anyway) were thinking about much the same thing.

Plus ça change, indeed…

 

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