Tuesday, February 7, 2012

First human-made painting... ever (discovered)

wait, there was art before Gaga?!

From Gizmodo:
According to new dating tests, these are the first paintings ever made by humans. They are seals painted more than 42,000 years ago, located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain. And they may change our ideas about humanity's evolution. Until now, archeologists thought that the oldest art was created during the Aurignacian period, by modern humans. But these are way older, way more primitive than the ones in Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, the 32,000-year-old paintings featured in Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
According to the latest dating of the charcoal found next to the paintings—used either to make the paintings or illuminate them—these seals may have been made more than 42,300 years ago. In fact, they may be as old as 43,500 years.

That's pretty cool, but is it just me or is this actually also a biology discovery? That looks shockingly like a DNA Strand.

Source -> http://gizmodo.com/5883082/this-is-the-first-painting-humanity-ever-made via http://www.cuevadenerja.es/index.php?modulo=nac_rupestre (2nd link en español)

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