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Avant-garde cave art

Paintings and animation date way back

2012 SCIENCE NEWS TOP 25: 20

Someone was painting on the walls of European caves nearly 41,000 years ago, several thousand years before researchers had thought. The creators of many of those ancient drawings also used cartoon-like effects to make bison and other creatures appear as if they were moving across the walls. But who the artists were remains an open question.

Findings reported this year show that red disks, hand stencils and other drawings in several Spanish caves are of an age that Neandertals might have crafted them (SN: 7/28/12, p. 15).

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