25,000-year-old cave paintings discovered in Spain
BILBAO (Reuters) - Paintings depicting horses and human hands made by prehistoric humans around 25,000 years ago have been discovered in a cave in northern Spain, regional officials said on Wednesday.
The red paintings, found by chance by archaeologists looking for signs of ancient settlements, were made around the same time as the Altamira Cave paintings -- some of the world's best prehistoric paintings discovered in northern Spain in 1879.
"It was a chance finding," archaeologist Diego Garate told Reuters.
"Although they were difficult to spot because they are badly deteriorated, our experienced eye helped us to identify them."
Experts will further explore the caves for evidence of prehistoric utensils or tools, officials said.
The first homo sapiens arrived in small groups in northern Spain around 35,000 years ago.
They cohabited for a time with the last of the Neanderthals and then developed a significant culture known as the Upper Palaeolithic, producing stone blade tools and decorating cave walls.
(Reporting by Arantza Goyoaga, Writing by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Michael Roddy)
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