Palaeolithic Age

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New findings indicate female huntresses in Mesoamerican Palaeolithic
New findings indicate female huntresses in Mesoamerican Palaeolithic
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New findings from the period between 12000 and 6000 BCE, made in South America, indicate that about 30 to 50 percent of women in that period in Mesoamerica have been huntresses and regularly engage in hunts even for big game like mammoths. This stands opposite of common ideas about women being gatherers and men being hunters in the Palaeolithic age.