Children responsible for a large number of prehistoric works of art 2022 news
A new study has found that children may be responsible for a quarter of prehistoric rock art.
Children responsible for a large number of prehistoric works of art
Researchers believe that this was often a family activity rather than an individual activity.
A hand analysis of the majority of the 20,000-year-old paintings found in caves across Spain reveals that they were of children 12 years of age or younger.
Children responsible for a large number of of art
The researchers added that most of the children who painted were between three and 10 years old.
Experts from the University of Cambridge and the University of Cantabria in Spain studied 180 specimens, including handprints that were made by blowing paint from a hollow bone or a pipe-like object.
Children responsible of prehistoric works of art
The analysis found that between 20 and 25 percent of the hands were made by children between the ages of two and 12.
Children responsible for a works of art
Lead author Veronica Fernandez-Niwaro said that there is a difference of only a few centimeters between the real hand and the hand on the wall because the shadow is always bigger.
“We figured out the difference and hopefully many more children came forward,” he added.