Fascinating forum discussions at cavemanworld.com and GayPopBuzz about Homo heidelbergensis – cavemen who lived during the Paleolithic era (700,000 to 200,000 years ago) – and who are credited with being the first early human species to hunt large animals and build shelters.
Todd Price over at GayPopBuzz notes they were also probably the first hominid group to act upon feelings of same-sex attraction.
“There were likely gay cavemen,” Price writes in a fascinating new article. “What’s more, there were probably Paleolithic tops and bottoms. Shoot, there could have even been versatile cave gays.”
So what was hooking up like for these guys anyway?
Price explains that anthropologists really aren’t sure, but most believe there weren’t any laws or religious orders dictating that homosexuality was immoral or wrong. So, chances are, cave people just followed their hearts (or loins) and had sex with whomever they desired without giving it a whole lot of thought.
A writer named Miko over at cavemanworld.com agrees:
During the late Stone Age, tribal social structures were not very complex. The men would hunt, build, and protect the tribe. Women would serve as wives, nurture the young, and look after the village while the men were away hunting.
One theory is when all the males in the tribe went off hunting, some members of the group would develop an attraction towards their fellow hunting partners. Such could be the result of complex interpersonal social interaction between members of the same gender.
Then, Price says, there were alpha males. He explains:
Our best guess is that most tribes of the era were led by an alpha male. One has to wonder if (as a sign of respect) the alpha was serviced by the others, meaning cavewomen and men.
Imagine for a moment that you were a gay caveman. Draining out the alpha was probably awesome! If you weren’t gay and gravitated towards the females, it still was probably OK.
That’s because during the Paleolithic era, labels didn’t exist. In fact, language was extremely primitive. Anthropologists think they “spoke” using grunts and hand signals.
Alpha males, Price adds, probably weren’t closeted either because “the only way alphas become alphas (in all animal species) is through skill, size and brute force.”
So what’s the takeaway from all this?
We really don’t know much about early man, let alone gay cavemen… [but] it’s safe to say homosexuality has been part of this world since the earliest primates showed up on the geologic time scale. We think that was sixty-five million years ago.