Earliest Paintings Produced by Humans are 40,000 Years Old

"The beginnings of human intelligence as we understand it today."

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Fri, Oct 10th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Scientists report that the artwork found in one of the Indonesian caves of Sulawesi, have dates that range from 17,400 to 39,900 years old. This makes them as old as those found on the cave walls in France and Spain, proving that the development of art was not unique to Europe. Most importantly, it demonstrates the "beginnings of human intelligence as we understand it today."

Scientists traditionally thought that humans began creating art once they reached Europe from Africa, and that human art forms dissipated to the far reaches of the globe from there. “It’s a pretty Euro-centric view of the world,” says Aubert. “But now we can move away from that.” The study provides compelling evidence that artists in Asia were painting at the same time as their European counterparts. Not only that, they were drawing recognizable animals that they probably hunted.

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