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Cave art actually went downhill during the fabled ascent of man?


Well, there is no pleasing art critics, is there?

Still, from “Best Cave Art Is Still the Oldest” (Creation-Evolution Headlines, May 7, 2012), we learn,

The artwork on the walls of Chauvet Cave [28,000 to 40,000 years ago] is unequalled in Paleolithic art, superior even to the better-known works of Lascaux dated much later [12,000 to 17,000 years ago]. Evolutionists had expected that cave art would progress from simple to complex as man’s cognitive abilities evolved, but Chauvet challenged that idea by showing that the oldest was by far the best. The authors of the paper were astonished at its quality:


Remarkably agreeing with the radiocarbon dates of the human and animal occupancy, this study confirms that the Chauvet cave paintings are the oldest and the most elaborate ever discovered, challenging our current knowledge of human cognitive evolution.

“Current knowledge” was speculation, based on Darwinism, which dictated that the later paintings should be better.

What the caves are revealing instead is actual knowledge about early man.

And why does this remind us of the fate of Gobekli Tepe, surely one of the most remarkable finds?

Here’s the French government’s site. Here’s a closer look at the paintings.

I'm pretty sure it was due to a decline in art critics. Mung

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