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Jan 8, 2017 | 11:52 PM EST
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A young Stone Age huntress surveys the prehistoric landscape for prey atop a rocky outcrop.

I drew her pose referencing a 2008 photo of the gorgeous Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba, where she was crouching on a rock like this. As often as I tend to draw from imagination, photo refs can be very helpful when drawing tricky poses.

As for her nudity, I recently encountered an interesting hypothesis on Quora that humans in the Homo sapiens lineage may have invented clothing originally for men. The idea is that clothing was something men used to accentuate their male reproductive packaging. This would mean women in the early days of our species could have gone around mostly naked since their genitals didn't stick out as much. It's a speculative scenario at this stage admittedly, but I can obviously see the appeal behind it. ;)

Of course, Neanderthals and related hominins who had colonized northern Eurasia before modern humans did would have probably invented more extensive clothing for both sexes, since they would have needed protection against the cold. But that would have probably been an independent invention.