Study Suggests Testosterone Prevented Early Ancestors from Making Art

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While much art depicts hulking heroes and brave warriors, a new study suggests that high levels of testosterone may have prevented our early ancestors from making art. Culture and technology developed around 50,000 years ago, after a sudden reduction of testosterone-related traits in human skeletal remains. To live together and share discoveries, you have to be less aggressive and more tolerant.

Is Testosterone a Barrier to Making Art? | Artnet

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