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Cave paintings dated back 42,000 years

By T.K. Randall
February 9, 2012 · Comment icon 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.


Source: Gizmodo | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by BrandOfAmber 11 years ago
This looks like a double helix, not a seal. Seals usually have arms, fins, and tails, as I recall. At least the Elephant seals here on the California coast do... Are there other images somewhere I'm missing besides the scrawling on the stalagtites? Because in my view those are double helix strands, complete with an artistic 'twist' to show how they bend... How does one see a seal in that drawing?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Spectre1979 11 years ago
Don't really look like anything to me.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Primordiak 11 years ago
they do look like double helix made by primatives....
Comment icon #7 Posted by reggie2011 11 years ago
yeah funny that it dose lokk like a double helix ,also ive never ever seen a seal with stripes on its body has anyone eles?
Comment icon #8 Posted by reggie2011 11 years ago
i just looked it up and no seals have ever had stripes or anything resemeling those creatures that were aware of..
Comment icon #9 Posted by NikkiAidyn 11 years ago
Doesn't look like seals to me. lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by Archangel Oger 11 years ago
There is no way that dates back some 42,000 years ago. Not when agriculture began around 13,000 years ago.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Archangel Oger 11 years ago
There is no way that dates back some 42,000 years ago. Not when agriculture began around 13,000 years ago. Excuse me I should have said "cultivation"
Comment icon #12 Posted by Blizno 11 years ago
There is no way that dates back some 42,000 years ago. Not when agriculture began around 13,000 years ago. Why do you assume that these markings had to come after agriculture? If they do represent seals, such animals could have been important food for hunter-gatherers long before agriculture appeared.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Farmerboy 11 years ago
It does look like a seal from the side on, the head at the top, the flipper at the right side and the closed tail at the bottom.


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