Oldest Venus Figurine Found in Germany
Last month researchers announced the discovery of the oldest “Venus” figurine ever found. Prior to this discovery, the oldest Venus figure was dated to 27,000 years ago. This Venus is approximately 5,000 years older. Found in the excavations at Hohle Fels Cave in southwestern Germany, the female figurine is carved from mammoth ivory. Scientists say that this discovery, which is potentially the oldest of any figurative art yet found, offers new insights into Paleolithic art, culture, and early brain development. For more information, see ScienceDaily.