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Rock paintings reveal humanity's natural creativity — and they can also reveal what was important to ancient humans.
Here are 7 rock paintings which show how ancient humans saw the world.
The Sulawesi warty pig is so common in paintings it may indicate ancient people in the area felt a spiritual connection to the animal.
A. Brumm, et al. SCIENCE ADVANCES. (2021)
Engravings from some 8,000 years ago show ancient humans felt a connection with dogs. These engravings depict hunting dogs on leashes.
M. Guagnin, et al. JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHAEOLOGY. (2018)
Cave art may have even helped ancient humans develop language by practicing symbolic thinking.
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The images are described in a 2018 paper, which claims cave paintings found in Spain were made before the arrival of Homo sapiens.
D. L. Hoffman, et al. SCIENCE. (2018)
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