NSFW – Before Clothing

before-clothing

A prehistoric Homo sapiens woman on the savannas of Africa, sometime before early women started putting on clothes. Unless you count her primitive jewelry and leather bands as clothing.

I recently encountered an interesting hypothesis on Quora that humans in the Homo sapiens lineage may have invented clothing originally for men, with the idea being to accentuate their male reproductive packaging. This would mean women in the early days of our species could have gone around mostly naked since their genitals didn’t stick out as much. It’s a speculative scenario at this stage admittedly, but I can obviously see the appeal behind it. 😉

Of course, Neanderthals and related hominins who had colonized northern Eurasia before modern humans did would have probably invented more extensive clothing for both sexes, since they would have needed protection against the cold. But that would have probably been an independent invention.

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