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 Painted caves challenge art origins 

 Painted caves challenge art origins 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29415716 The discovery of 
40,000-year-old artworks in Indonesian caves challenges established views on 
the origins of humans' artistic capabilities.

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 Very cool. And also, every hand outlined was a left hand indicating the artist 
was right handed or, if there were more than one hand depicted, many of the 
artists were right handed. Some things don't change.

 Well spotted, I wonder when that arose in humanity, and why?

 Ice age art is my favourite thing, I went to a show at the British Museum 
called "The arrival of the modern mind" because all the works there showed that 
our distant ancestors had the same capacity for mental abstraction, metaphor 
and representation. It's like the complexity of modern art appeared fully 
formed one day and we just set about painting.

 I posted this the other day, it really is well worth a look if you like this 
sort of thing:

 Cave_of_forgotten_dreams http://vimeo.com/32371643

 Cave_of_forgotten_dreams http://vimeo.com/32371643 Prepare to be shocked. 
30,000 years old art.
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 There are odd things here though, the fact the cave was in use for 20,000 
years makes me wonder why there are so few pictures on the walls, in one place 
you see a row of galloping horses and some of them were painted many thousands 
of years apart. That's like the people who built Stonehenge putting the stones 
up and leaving it for all that time and then me going along and finishing it 
yesterday. Why did they go in so infrequently? They obviously didn't live in 
the cave, did so many generations really pass before another painting was done? 
So many questions, and we can only guess at the answers.

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