The romantic kiss is 1,000 years older than previously thought
Have you ever wondered when people first started kissing?
Think again. Scientists have re-examined evidence that suggests the romantic kiss actually began around 2500 BC in present-day Iraq, Syria and Egypt. Before that, the earliest evidence of romantic kisses dates back to around 1500 BC in modern India.
In an article published in the American journal "Science", researchers say that previously overlooked texts from ancient Mesopotamia (present-day Syria and Iraq) suggest that romantic kisses were performed by both married couples and lovers. In addition, clay tablets have been found on which drawings show couples engaged in romantic kisses since ancient times.
While kissing seems to be universal nowadays, scientists don't believe it was always a coincidence, especially for romantic kisses. However, non-romantic kisses such as friendly, or parental kisses seem to have been common to all historical societies.