Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

How can Pleistocene female humans find ways to invent black eyeliners for their eyelids in the Pleistocene/Paleolithic?


I meant eyelashes, not eyelids.

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    Galena is one of the most abundant and widely distributed sulfide minerals. One of the oldest uses of galena was in the eye cosmetic kohl. In Ancient Egypt, this was applied around the eyes to reduce the glare of the desert sun and to repel flies, which were a potential source of disease.

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  • Newton
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    2 months ago

    Humans have used pigments they found in nature to decorate themselves. In fact many pigments and perfumes that go into modern cosmetics come from nature.  You may be surprised that the chemical in skunk sprays, when diluted, is actually a perfume. There is no need to be a biochemist or organic chemist to make something from scratch. We have always kept an eye out for things we can use from nature.

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  • 2 months ago

    Geological Pleistocene as well as archeological Paleolithic is a long period of time. 

    We have no clues about early human cosmetics 1 or 2 million years ago. 

    However, concerning the recent Upper Paleolithic, we do have evidence of charcoal and ocher used as body painting and tattoos by both men and women. 

    Added to that all the seashell, carnivore teeth, and colored stone jewelry, those people definitely valued their appearance. 

    Not sure about eyelashes though. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Soot from a fire?

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