Picture yourself in the Paleolithic era. Life is tough. You and your people likely live in very temporary shelters, either migrating with the herds of animals that sustain you, or making camp in more permanent settlements in the open air. Either way, you might eventually find your way into a cool, dark cave where you find something like magic: the walls have been brought to life with running herds of buffalo and layer after layer of open-palmed hands. It's entirely possible that this exact scene played out again and again in caves across Europe. What's more, radiometric dating from 2012 suggests that the original artist may not have been human.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas July 13, 2017
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