Höhlenmalerei als Tagging pubertierender Buben

Wer hat eigentlich die prähistorischen Wandmalereien geschaffen? Schamanen in Fellüberwürfen für kultische Zwecke? Einige davon, vielleicht! Die meisten sind aber nicht viel mehr als Vorläufer dessen, was heute Jugendliche mit Grafitti und Tagging wollen: Bilder und Symbole dessen festhalten, was sie beschäftigt. Zu diesem Schluss kam Dale Guthrie, Paläobiologe an der „University of Alaska Fairbanks“. Dafür sammelte und analysierte er die Spuren der malenden Hände auf den Wänden. So fand er heraus, dass die Mehrheit von männlichen Teenagern stammt. Und dass die Bilder das zeigen, was man sich so denkt von männlichen Teenagern, was sie malen, auch im späten Pleistozän: jagen, kämpfen, Frauen.

(LiveScience) Many art historians and anthropologists believe Paleolithic cave wall art was done by accomplished shaman-artists, but mixed in with the finer paintings are graffiti-like scenes of sex and hunting. An analysis of thousands of paintings from the late Pleistocene epoch suggests the graffiti artists back then were likely the same as today—teenage males. (…) „It was like kids taking a pencil and drawing an outline around their hand,“ said Dale Guthrie, a paleobiologist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Men and women have different hand proportions—men have thicker thumbs and palms—so by analyzing the dimensions of the hands in European cave art, and comparing them to 1,000 photocopies of modern hands of men and women of different ages, Guthrie determined just who painted what. Men and women and boys and girls of all ages left their marks but, statistically, teenage males dominated, contrary to popular belief. (…) „In the graffiti, there is a lot of below-the-belt-art,“ Guthrie said. „The people in the art are predominantly women, and not a single one has any clothes on.“ But these weren’t just any women, they were Pleistocene Pamela Andersons adorned with ludicrously huge breasts and hips. The walls were also decorated with graphic depictions of genitalia. (…)

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