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Archaelogists may have found oldest human figurine ever

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Archaelogists may have found oldest human figurine ever
A file photo of the 25,000-year-old Venus from Willendorf. Photo: DPA
12:33 CEST+02:00
Archaeologists have unearthed an Ice Age goddess statue in the Swabian Alb mountain range that may be the oldest ever found, German daily Südwest Presse reported on Friday.

Experts from Tübingen University led by Professor Nicholas Conard reportedly made the “sensational” find in a cave between Blaubeuren and Schelklingen.

While details on the small sculpture are being kept secret until an official announcement next Wednesday, rumours within archaeology circles focus on a “human-like form” and a “female figure with distinct sexual characteristics” that resembles that of the 25,000-year-old Venus from Willendorf (pictured above), the oldest known human figurine, the paper reported.

Other figurines discovered in the same area in 2002 are some 35,000-years-old and considered to be among the world's oldest. If the new female figure turns out to be a contemporary of these statues – a person-lion hybrid and a water bird – she will be the oldest known goddess figurine yet found.

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