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Neanderthals’ cave art skills questioned in dispute over age of images


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Neanderthals’ cave art skills questioned in dispute over age of images

By Alison George Cave paintings in Andalusia, Spain, have been attributed to NeanderthalsJORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty ImagesA row has broken out about the artistic capabilities of our Neanderthal cousins. Last year, a research team announced that cave paintings found in Spain were at least 64,800 years old, implying that the artists were Neanderthals, as modern…

Neanderthals’ cave art skills questioned in dispute over age of images

By Alison George

Cave paintings in Andalusia, Spain, have been attributed to Neanderthals

Cave paintings in Andalusia, Spain, have been attributed to Neanderthals

JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images

A row has broken out about the artistic capabilities of our Neanderthal cousins. Last year, a research team announced that cave paintings found in Spain were at least 64,800 years old, implying that the artists were Neanderthals, as modern humans aren’t thought to have arrived in western Europe by that time. Now, a group of 44 researchers has written a strongly worded critique of the dating of these paintings, claiming that “there is still no convincing evidence that Neanderthals created Iberian cave art.”

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