Neanderthals wore make-up too

By MSN staff
Friday, February 25, 2011
Image: Think Stock

You may think that make-up is the war paint of the modern-day woman (or at least we did!) but nope, turns out it's been around for just a tad longer.

British archaeologists have recently discovered the remains of what is believed to be Neanderthals' cosmetics in Spain dating back over 50,000 years.

While they are yet to unearth any Juicy Tubes or Dior Show mascara, the research team from the University of Bristol have dug up a collection of shells laced with brightly-coloured pigments. A sample of the remnants was found to have a foundation-like paste while another consisted of a red powder mixed with reflective granuals. The discovery points to the fact that 'putting on your face' has been a ritual for over ten millennia!

The news may not change the long-standing perception of “Neanderthals” as brutish beings, but it does paint the picture of a far more vanity-focussed human subspecies than was ever given in our school trips to the museum. Perhaps those exhibition models need a little lippie!

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