Cave art suggests Neandertals were ancient humans’ mental equals

Newly dated rock drawings and shell ornaments predate Homo sapiens in Europe by at least 20,000 years

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ARTISTIC SURPRISE  Red horizontal and vertical lines painted on the walls of a Spanish cave date to at least 64,800 years ago, a new study finds. Since Homo sapiens had not reached Europe at that time, Neandertals must have created this art, researchers propose. The animal-shaped figure, right, was not dated and its makers remain unknown.

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