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Just as our society now leaves evident signs of civilization in the morphology of the planet, ancient peoples also left, perhaps by chance, their footprints on rocks and cave walls.
Now, an anthropologist from Penn State, Pennsylvania State University, in the US, can determine the sex of some of the people who left their tracks, and what is the surprise that most of them were women.
The assumption has been that the handprints in the cave caves were actual stencils or dip painting prints, and that they were produced by men. The smallest handprints are assumed to be from adolescent males.
Dean Snow, emeritus professor of anthropology, came across the work of John Manning, a British biologist who about 10 years ago tried to use the relationships of various hand measurements to determine not only sex, but also sexual preference or sexual orientation. susceptibility or even heart disease, just by hand. Snow wondered if he could apply this method to footprints left at rock sites in France and Spain.
When Snow saw a handprint in a book on Upper Paleolithic art, realized the image was a woman. A quick glance at five other images revealed that two-thirds were women.
The first step in the process showed that only 10% of handprints on cave walls in Spain and France were left by adult men. The second step indicates that 15% were classified as adolescent males, leaving 75% remaining as female footprints.
Snow also studied the hands "modern”Of American Indians and found that the rules and algorithms developed for Europeans did not work for Indians. Therefore each population requires a separate analysis. Snow has published his results in the current issue of the American magazine American Antiquity.
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