Then why did Homo erectus make a statue of a naked lady whcih was quite
similar to statues of naked ladies used as idols in the late paleolithic and
early farming communities?
"Fashioning an image, as distinct from collecting one, appears to have
been beyond these man-apes, and was still a long way off in the future. Until
recently, it was thought to be a creative act that occurred only in the last
fifty thousand years of the human story. A recent discovery in the Middle East
has now pushed that date back to three hundred thousand years, but even this is
still quite young compared with the Makapansgat Pebble.
"The newly found sculptural object - the most ancient man-made image in
the world - is a small stone figurine of a woman, unearthed at an
archaeological site on the Golan Heights. It is extremely crude, but the head
is clearly separated from the body by an incised neck, and the arms are
indicated by two vertical grooves, apparently cut by a sharp flint tool. It is
a find that establishes the even greater antiquity of the human fascination
with symbolic images."~Desmond Morris, The Human Animal, (New York: Crown
Publishing, 1994), p. 186-188.
Foundation, Fall and Flood