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Neanderthal artwork found in Spanish cave

Researchers working in a cave on Spain’s Costa del Sol have found what may be the world’s oldest works of art: 42,000-year-old paintings of seals, painted by Neanderthals.

Six paintings of seals are at least 42,000 years old and are the only known artistic images created by Neanderthal man, experts claim.

Professor Jose Luis Sanchidrian, from the University of Cordoba, described the discovery as ‘an academic bombshell’, as all previous art work has been attributed to Homo sapiens.

The paintings were found in the Nerja Caves, 35 miles east of Malaga in the southern region of Andalusia.

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Story: Tom Worden, Daily Mail | Photo: EPA

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