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So there's no way Homo sapiens could have made them or influenced Neanderthals to merely copy their artwork.The new work concludes that some previously known paintings – an array of lines, some disks and the outline of a hand – were rendered about 20,000 years before Homo sapiens moved into Europe.The second study provided evidence that Neanderthals used pigments and piercings to modify shells some 115,000 years ago, which is far earlier than similar artifacts are associated with Homo sapiens anywhere.Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia before disappearing about 40,000 years ago, around the time Homo sapiens moved into Europe from Africa. One team of European researchers concentrated on painted artwork in three caves in northern, southern and west-central Spain.Results indicated artwork from all three were around 65,000 years old, much older than the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe, which occurred some 45,000 to 40,000 years ago.Previous studies had estimated an age of 45,000 to 50,000 years old, too young to rule out a link to Homo sapiens.
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