Six paintings ancient were recently discovered in a Spanish cave, Costa del Sol. The paintings are of seals and date to at least 42 000 years ago, and on top of that they are the first and only known paintings created by Neanderthals! That’s right, they weren’t created by Homo sapiens but by our sister species Homo neanderthalensis. The oldest paintings found that were made by Humans are located in the Chauvet Cave in southern France, and only date back to 32 000 years.
This may be evidence of Neanderthals having a more complex form of culture than previously thought by scientists. And who knows, it may mean they were once ahead of the bell curve compared to us humans, beating us by 10 000 years to putting paint to the walls!