Cave Paintings in Spain

24 September 2013

At… … prehistoric wall paintings in the Altxerri cave system in northern Spain are said to date back to 39,000 year ago (safely within the modern human limits). They picked out a group that they thought showed evidence of being painted at a different time to majority of them, most of which are dated between 29,000 and 35,000 years ago. Bisons are a common theme in the paintings – but big cats, beears, and even fingermarks are also displayed. They claim the new dates propel the artwork towards the Aurignacian culture period, dated between 45,000 and 35,000 years ago (see also but the paper was published in the Journal of Human Evolution, 'Not only Chauvet: Dating Aurignacian rock art in Altxerri B cave'

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