Human evolution Intelligent Design News

Possibly oldest European rock art to date found in France

Spread the love

From Megan Gannon at LiveScience:

Scrawled with the image of an aurochs (an extinct species of cattle) and dozens of small dots, the slab was created by the Aurignacians, the first Homo sapiens to arrive in Europe. Radiocarbon tests showed that the engraving dates back to about 38,000 years ago, according to a Jan. 24 report in the journal Quaternary International.

The discovery of the slab fits into the patterns researchers usually see in the earliest European art: There are broad shared features, with some regional quirks that stand out, White said in a statement.

“This pattern fits well with social geography models that see art and personal ornamentation as markers of social identity at regional, group and individual levels,” White said. More.

It’s unclear what Dr. (Randall) White’s last statement means. That is, one would be curious to know what sort of art would not be “markers of social identity at regional, group and individual levels.” But never mind, just keep those discoveries coming.

Paper. (paywall)

See also: Neanderthal artwork found: “Academic bombshell” obliterates “lesser human” theory?

and

Stasis: when life goes on but evolution does not happen

Follow UD News at Twitter!

Note: Still older art may be found in Indonesia.

One Reply to “Possibly oldest European rock art to date found in France

  1. 1
    Pearlman says:

    40K +/- YA RCCF calibrates to 3850 +/- actual YA
    so over midway through The Ice Age,
    so pre-dispersion from Bavel,
    when Nimrod was making a name for self
    reference ‘Abraham until the Exodus’ and ‘The Recent Complex creation Framework’ for understanding science in max avail context..

Leave a Reply