Cave paintings in France 10,000 years older than previously thought

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    The cave drawings in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, France may be taking back the crown for the oldest animal paintings on Earth, knocked off by a cave on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia in 2014, as an international team of scientists have found new evidence that they are 10,000 years older than previously believed.
    Researchers have collected and analyzed more than 350 dates obtained by radiocarbon, uranium-series, and chlorine-36 dating and thermoluminescence.
    From their analysis, the researchers discovered a totally new timeline for the cave. According to their results, humans left their first marks inside the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave from 37,000 to 33,500 years ago, and then occupied the cave again from 31,000 to 28,000 years ago. Analysis of the animal bones, meanwhile, show that cave bears also liked to prowl the cave up until about 33,000 years ago—although the researchers don’t think humans and bears tried to live in the cave at the same time.

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