BY Michelle Garcia
August 11 2011 12:45 AM ET
"Gay" Caveman Likely a Media Myth
2011: Early reports excited us when archeologists unearthed a 5,000 year-old caveman skeleton outside of Prague that was being described as "the gay caveman." A couple of days later, however, historians and archaeologists expressed concern that media reports referring to the caveman may have been exaggerated. The remains are of a man lying on his left side and facing west, which is how many women of the time were laid to rest. The man also has items associated with females lying near him. But experts say there is no way to prove this man was gay; it would be speculation to even consider him transgender. He may be a "third gender," but, "in anthropology, you can't equate third gender with homosexuality," University of Wisconsin-Madison professor John Hawks was quoted as saying.
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