...you should say that :-)
If you ask me, it goes back to Paleolithic Europe, 80,000 years ago.
Or so suggested J.-H. Rosny aîné in his novel, "Quest for Fire."
No, not THAT quest:
THAT QUEST (Jean-Jacques Annaud directed the 1981 film adaptation of it):
Most of it is purely speculative, of course.
Was the Neanderthal man taught humor? Did he ever get it, or did it remain purely an early Homo Sapiens Sapiens thing which first manifested amongst the Cro-magnons (the woman's tribe, in the movie)?
Current genetic evidences do suggest that the movie was not too far off about one thing: it would appear that interbreeding did take place between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens between roughly 80,000 and 50,000 years ago in the Middle East resulting in 1–4% of the genome of people from Eurasia having been contributed by Neanderthals.
But then again, some people do not believe in Evolution.
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