Dating prehistoric paintings
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(AFP) The Chauvet Cave, a vast Paleolithic cave dating back more than 36,000 years ago, was selected on Sunday as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Before the three amateur spelunkers found the cave in December that year, scientists believed, no human had stepped foot inside for more than 27,000 years.
Studies have shown that many of the ancient and beautifully preserved prehistoric paintings of horses, cave lions and rhinoceros on the cave's walls were made more than 30,000 years ago, making them some of the oldest known artworks on the planet.
One might expect that the first examples of art would be simple and crude.
Bhimbetka is a cave located in central India, that boasts over 600 paintings, with the oldest dating back at least 12,000 years.