Archaeologists interpreted the decidedly un-European features of these female statuettes as being "exaggerations," which follow Paleolithic artistic conventions. One scholar remarked: "The Venus is not a realistic portrait but rather an idealization of the female figure. The same scholars interpreted the carving's tightly curled hair as "a type of headdress."
However, growing anthropological evidence points to the Khoisan people of southern Africa, as being the oldest branch of the human family. And guess what? Khoisan women even today exhibit the short, kinky hair, and fat accumulation around the buttocks known as steatopygia, that Western researchers used as evidence to insist that these statuettes were "artistic exaggerations."
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