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First Neanderthal cave paintings discovered in Spain | New ...

First Neanderthal cave paintings discovered in Spain

By Fergal MacErlean

Cave paintings in Malaga, Spain, could be the oldest yet found - and the first to have been created by Neanderthals.

Looking oddly akin to the DNA double helix, the images in fact depict the seals that the locals would have eaten, says José Luis Sanchidrián at the University of Cordoba, Spain. They have "no parallel in...

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World's oldest hand stencil found in Indonesian cave | New ...

World's oldest hand stencil found in Indonesian cave

By Catherine Brahic

Interesting ceiling (Image: Teeje/Getty)

IN A limestone cave sits the world's oldest hand stencil. Next to it is a drawing of a pig-deer. Together, they are turning our understanding of the birth of art on its head.

Around 40,000 years ago, early Europeans were the first to begin smearing pigment on walls, or so the...

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Date: 2017-12-19 17:35:27

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Ancient cave paintings threatened by tourist plans | New ...

Prehistoric paintings in northern Spain could be irreparably damaged if plans to reopen the Altamira cave to tourists go ahead. Local officials want to reopen the cave to boost the local economy, but visitors could heat the caves and introduce microbes that destroy pigments.

The Altamira cave paintings were discovered in 1879 and are thought to be at least 14,000 years old. The paintings have...

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