Ancient cave paintings turn out to be by Neanderthals, not humans
Neanderthals created cave paintings in Spain more than 64,000 years ago. The new dates mean that the paintings, found in the Ardales, Maltravieso, and La Pasiega caves couldn’t have been the work of early modern humans.
A new discovery that Neanderthals were painting cave walls more than 64,000 years ago has anthropologists rethinking the history of art. Found deep in Spanish caves, the rock art was once thought to be the work of humans, but the new dates mean that Neanderthals must have figured out fingerpainting, too. Using a new and improved radioactive dating technique, researchers discovered that painting...
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