This is a fascinating period in mankind's history where we start to get a little bit more creative. Previously I had mentioned about the Lion Man, well we now move forward to the start of the Venus figurines, in particular the early Venus of Hohle Fels approx 38,000 years ago during the Aurignacian period. This would later spawn the Venus figurines of the later Gravettian period (more on them later). Were they used for fertility, to worship a mother goddess or for pornography purposes? We will never know.
Also in this period, we start the art of painting. Somebody decided that it would be a good idea to go into a dark cave with barely enough room to swing a cat and probably just a flaming torch to paint scenes of animals in particular. Chauvet cave in SW France has the finest early example of this type of art, although of course cave paintings had been around since at least 40,000 years ago. Again why these were produced remain a mystery? But we are definitely moving away from what the Neanderthals were doing and things are going to end for them soon.
So I have produced the next part of my Timeline series entitled 40,000 to 30,000 BC. Forget the BC bit at the moment as dates are really approximate. Enjoy https://timelineofworldhistory.wordp...0-to-30000-bc/