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    Boop! Snail
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    Author Notes:

    Oh, the deliberations this page caused me!

    What I had in mind here was the site of Blombos Cave, which is one of the earliest (possibly THE earliest?) material example of anatomically modern humans doing quintessentially abstract human things. The beads and ochre are (very) roughly 70,000 years old. For reference, that's tens of thousands of years earlier than the famous examples of cave art in Europe.

    As soon as you try to depict a person from the past, especially from this foundational African society that is only accessible through the echoes and whispers of their material culture, you're projecting so many preconceptions of your own era and understanding. Would they *really* have clothes? Would they look so clean? Would their hair be like that? What colour skin should they have? Etc etc.

    I suppose my in-fiction get out clause is that this entire scene is in Halisi's imagination!


    8th Feb 2018, 9:30 PM
    Let's hope the brainy jellyfish thingies aren't descended from snails. They might take offense XD XD
    8th Feb 2018, 10:25 PM
    :D Good point!
    8th Feb 2018, 9:31 PM
    Really though, shells are weirdly like gold in some respects.
    8th Feb 2018, 10:26 PM
    They are, so pretty!
    8th Feb 2018, 10:20 PM
    Ah, I remember Jeremy the snail :D

    8th Feb 2018, 10:26 PM
    Jeremy is finally making his debut!
    9th Feb 2018, 3:56 PM
    The Doodler
    Given that humans of a huge variety of cultures like to stay clean if possible (and these guys seem to have ready access to warm, shallow, clear water) and a whole lot of modern cultures wear some kind of clothes at least some of the time, AND it's Our Hero's mental image anyway, I'd say you're in the clear. :P I love the little notes about the sources. So cool.
    10th Feb 2018, 9:19 AM
    That was basically my thought process! (Plus I think these guys are getting dolled up to do something special in this scene!)

    The best research I found was looking at the evolution of body lice, since they've evolved to hang around clothes-wearing humans. It suggested clothing probably started to be a Thing as people moved further north into Europe and elsewhere, so not *tooooo* far off the time period I'm probably depicting here, even if this is on a balmy South African beach.

    (Also if they didn't have clothes this comic could get way more NSFW quite fast ;D)