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There was a severe lack of pointless Youtube videos. [Cat video playing on a TV]
Anyway, some scholars think there's a direct link between the two events, and that seems
Which is good, or those guys would be pretty subpar scholars.
So what do these smarty pantses see as the connection? [Pants with arms and glasses]
Well, the basic idea is that along with abstract concepts and language systems came the desire [Amish looking man reading a newspaper]
to make more permanent symbols than sounds. [Modern women reading a newspaper]
In a lot of cases, this desire came in the form of little carvings of naked women.
Which we're glad went out of style.
That'd make reading a book at the airport pretty awkward. [Boy looks uncomfortable]
But the oldest carved figurine ever found is a tiny sculpture of a woman's body, with [Hand digging up dirt]
exaggerated features. [A figurine is pulled out of the hole]
These days, folks call her the Venus of Hohle Fels.
She was made in Germany around 40,000 years ago. [Man making figurine]
Scientists have spent a lot of time wondering who made her, why they made her, and if they [Scientist looking through a microscope]
had ever actually seen a woman before…which….valid.
See, the carving isn't really lifelike…
But we’ll cut the artist some slack…
Ancient Germany didn’t have a lot of art schools…
The whole struggle for survival probably stood in the way. [Dog jumping up]
But what if the figurine’s proportions are meant to be distorted?
What if she’s meant to represent a supernatural figure?
Maybe some ancient goddess or spirit of fertility, childbirth, or sex? [A goddess comes and takes the artist away]
Some have also pointed out how the Venus of Hohle Fels is on the bigger side, which is
a little rude if you ask us, still fat shaming 40,000 years ago...
But some say that's meant to be a good thing.
It’s a wish for a time of plenty in an era where most folks were probably hungry and [Man dreaming of food]
Later versions of these Venuses have been found all over Paleolithic Europe, including [Map showing the locations of the sculptures]
the 25,000 year old Venus of Willendorf.
Sorry, Venus of Willendorf…we didn’t mean to tell everybody your age.
Other than women, early humans were mostly interested in depicting animals.
It makes sense, because what else were they gonna draw? [Man drawing animals]
Lots of the earliest cave paintings and carvings depicted animals being hunted.
One popular theory is that the drawings were magic totems, which would bring success to [Man is knocked over by a herd of animals]
Others think the drawings were records of actual animals killed… [Man keeping tally of how many animals have been killed]
…or memories of animals that were migrating or going extinct during periods of climatic
Sometimes they even seem to be drawings that smash together traits that humans admired
to create depictions of mythical creatures. [Man and bison facing off]
Y'know…like spirits with human bodies and the heads of bison. [Man with a bison head]
We’re guessing they admired bison heads for those fighting horns and not their chiseled [Man with bison head, headbutting a tree]
But what do all these drawings and sculptures mean in terms of communication history?
Well, they mean that humans have been trying to record their ideas and experiences for [Person drawing graffiti on a wall]
a super long time…
…they mean that things like religion, reproduction, and remembering the past are pretty fundamental
to our identities as humans... [Gravestone at the bottom of the ocean]
…and they mean that we sometimes secretly wish we had the heads of bison… [Woman on a date with the man with a bison head]
Take that with a grain of salt.