Paleolithic

7 pictures of our ancient ancestors’ stunning cave paintings

It's been 80 years since four teenagers discovered the Lascaux cave paintings in Montignac, France.

On September 12, 1940, one of the best examples of paleolithic art was revealed to the world.

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After rescuing their dog from a small cavern in the woods, four French teenagers decided to explore further. They found a vast cavern, its walls adorned with images of animals and humans.

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The Lascaux cave paintings date back 15,000 to 17,000 years ago, and were made with natural pigments like red and yellow ochre and black magnesium oxide.

Here are 7 pictures of these ancient paintings from inside the Lascaux cave.

Cave Painting of Black Bull, Lascaux, France. Universal History Archive / Contributor
Bull and Cattle. Detail of a cave painting. Franco-Cantabrian, Upper Palaeolithic period, 15,000-10,000 BC. Left wall of the rotunda in the cave at Lascaux (Dordogne), France. Universal History Archive / Contributor
Cave Painting of Chinese Horse, Lascaux, France. Universal History Archive / Contributor
France - Aquitaine - Decorated Caves of the Vezere Valley (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1979). Lascaux Cave, restoration intervention on upper Paleolithic cave painting.DEA / C. SAPPA / Contributor
Lascaux Cave, Dordogne, France. Gilles RIGOULET / Contributor
Cave Painting Man and Bison, Lascaux, France.Universal History Archive / Contributor
Cave Painting of Cow & Horses, Lascaux, France. Universal History Archive / Contributor

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