New doubts about the Neanderthal provenance of Nerja cave art

Dating cave art is a key issue for understanding human cognitive development. To understand the complexity of human evolution, it is vital to know whether the ability for abstraction and conveying reality involved in artistic ...

World's oldest artwork uncovered in Indonesian cave: study

An Indonesian cave painting that depicts a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world's oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, a discovery that points to an advanced artistic culture, according to new ...

Warning signs—how early humans first began to paint animals

Visual culture – and the associated forms of symbolic communication, are regarded by palaeo-anthropologists as perhaps the defining characteristic of the behaviour of Homo sapiens. One of the great mysteries of archaeology ...

Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans, study indicates

Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals, rather than modern humans, created the world's oldest known cave paintings - suggesting they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.

Cave art trove found in Spain 1,000 feet underground

Spanish archaeologists say they have discovered an exceptional set of Paleolithic-era cave drawings that could rank among the best in a country that already boasts some of the world's most important cave art.

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