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Ancient cave artists were hallucinating due to hypoxia

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Prehistoric cave painters in Europe were hallucinating deep underground due to a lack of oxygen while making their art, researchers have claimed.

The evocative paintings created in the pitch-black baffled academics as they were often created far away from the cave’s entrance and in difficult to access parts of the tunnel.

But a groundbreaking new study by Israeli researchers has shown that the intrepid palaeolithic artists sought out the most remote parts of the dark because it induced oxygen deprivation in their brains, a process known as hypoxia.

Full story at MSN: Link

Hypoxia in Paleolithic decorated caves: the use of artificial light in deep caves reduces oxygen concentration and induces altered states of consciousness.

Research article at Taylor & Francis: Link

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