the nature of prejudice

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by sculptor, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

    I was reading the latest on Kostenki 11
    and chanced upon physical reconstructions of potential ancestors
    many of whom were sculpted clean shaven and with cut hair
    I seriously doubt that a real person from 35kyrs ago would have looked like that.

    Kostenki 11 is fascinating in it;s own right
    It seems to have been the site of a 25kyr old 40 foot diameter building using mammoth bones as the structural elements......
    darned interesting
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  5. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    The stone age hunter/gatherers who survived the epidemics carried by initial European explorers are often taken to be our best available source of information or suggestions regarding the appearance of the humans living that long ago.

    Many of them are (or were at first contact) clean-shaven (or plucked, often) with cut hair. The preference appears to have been strong enough to have influenced evolution, possibly via a Baldwin Effect founded in a sexual preference feedback - we find large breeding populations of human beings genetically set up to grow much less hair than other populations, and among these populations strong cultural preferences or practices for hairlessness everywhere except the top of the head, even that sometimes restricted to women (to the point that many tribes in the Americas plucked their eyebrows entirely)

    The circumstance that early world explorers from Europe were both 1) the ancestors of the currently dominant tribes setting cultural norms all over the place, and 2) some of the hairiest people on the planet, genetically

    seems to have skewed our perceptions of what is "natural". Afaik there is no record of any human tribe or people who did not cut and style the hair on their heads, and much reduced or eliminated facial hair (by gene or by tool) is close to a planetary norm.
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