Cave paintings dated back 42,000 years
By T.K. Randall
February 9, 2012 · 13 comments
Image Credit: CC 3.0 Luzzyacentillo
Early paintings of seals found in the Cave of Nerja in Spain are thought to be the oldest ever found.
The discovery is based on new dating tests conducted on the images and demonstrates that neanderthals had a keen artistic sense. Until now it was believed that the earliest cave art examples had been produced by early humans. It is thought that the cave in which these ancient paintings were found would have been one of the last refuges for neanderthals in a bid to escape the ever-expanding push of modern man.
According to new dating tests, these are the first paintings ever made by humans. They are seals painted more than 42,000 years ago, located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain. And they may change our ideas about humanity's evolution.
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