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Did Neanderthals create first cave art ?

By T.K. Randall
June 15, 2012 · Comment icon 4 comments



Image Credit: Ryan Somma
New research has suggested that Neanderthals may have created cave paintings before modern humans.
Paintings on the walls of a cave in Spain dating back 40,000 years are the oldest known in Europe and are now thought to have been made by Neanderthals and not modern humans. As new finds are made and new details emerge it is becoming increasingly evident that the Neanderthals were not our intellectual inferiors but intelligent and creative in their own right.

"It would not be surprising if they were indeed Europe's first cave artists," said João Zilhão, of the University of Barcelona. "In the context of what we've learned about Neanderthals in the last decade it really should not be very surprising."
Several times in the past 10 years scientists have had to rewrite the textbooks on Neanderthals, the latest species of human to go extinct.


Source: Guardian Unlimited | Comments (4)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Paracelse 11 years ago
Does that mean history books will have to re-thought? If Neanderthals were decorating their caves, it might mean that language and advanced cognition were present in the human lineage further back than suspected – perhaps since the time of Neanderthals' and modern humans' last common ancestor, who lived at least half a million years ago. This is a big "If" and yet could could change history as we know it. Edit to add: Forbidden Archeology may all of a sudden take another meaning beside being rejected by the "power that be".
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 11 years ago
Some of that art, especially the bison and hand prints outlines is just amazing to me, and with the hand print outlines I try to imagine as they were being done so very long ago.
Comment icon #3 Posted by JasenChase 11 years ago
This is NOT news...I have my first degree in Anthropology and we learned that Neanderthals were the first to create Art, Burials, Music, Language, and even Astronomy in the form of Art on cave walls..We first noticed markings that indicated recording of the moon phases and locale each night..this eventually led to re examining cave art of animals..originally it was thought these "drawings" were used for aiming practice BUT eventually it was determined to be Animal drawings of which were matched to constellations in the sky during their time..they had created their own "Pictures" in the sky as ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by csspwns 11 years ago
i must admit tat ppl 20,000 years back draw better than me -__- im a horrible drawer


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