At one time, it was an article of faith that Neanderthals could not do art. Much has changed:
A longstanding question among both evolutionists and Darwin-skeptics is whether Neanderthals were capable of symbolic artistic expression. This debate has gone back and forth for years and a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences adds to the conversation by making a detailed analysis leading to a design inference that supports painting by Neanderthals. The study looked at the Cueva (Cave) de Ardales in Málaga, Spain which contains flowstones that have been stained by iron. A nice example of what these iron-stained flowstones look like can be seen here. The question is whether the iron-staining is the result of natural processes (e.g., flowing water depositing iron oxide) or deliberate painting using some kind of an ochre-based pigment. The study ultimately makes a design inference — the iron-staining is the result of real Neanderthal painting — as Science Daily reports …
In the technical paper they explain that the pattern of staining they observed is inconsistent with “natural geological processes.”Casey Luskin, “Painting by Neanderthals? Study Makes a Design Inference” at Evolution News and Science Today (August 11, 2021)
Just let the paleontologists keep on making design inferences… Don’t spoil the fun.
The paper is closed access.