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Lascaux II cave painting replica C013/7378 Featured Cave Paintings Image

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013/7378

Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are deer and auroch figures in the Great Hall of the Bulls'. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963. The full-scale Lascaux II replica opened nearby in 1983. The Lascaux cave paintings in south-western France, around 17, 000 years old, were painted by Cro-Magnon man, an early European culture of modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens), using red, brown and yellow ochre, and black manganese dioxide. They may have had religious and artistic significance. Photographed in 2010

© PHILIPPE PSAILA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France Featured Cave Paintings Image

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France, the site of the earliest known cave paintings (as of 2011), which have been dated to between 32, 900 and 30, 000 years ago

© JAVIER TRUEBA/MSF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Prehistoric spear-thrower Featured Cave Paintings Image

Prehistoric spear-thrower

Prehistoric spear-thrower. Artwork of how a spear-thrower (or atlatl) is used to throw a feathered dart. At top and centre, the dart is loaded. At bottom, it is being thrown. The angular momentum imparted means dart speeds of 150 kilometres per hour can be achieved, making this a lethal weapon in the hands of a skilled hunter. In the background is a cave painting of an animal wounded by an atlatl dart. The earliest such weapons were found at Schoningen, Germany, in the 1990s, dating to over 300, 000 years ago

© KENNIS AND KENNIS/MSF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY