Who discovered the oldest footprints dating back 117 000 years

During this period the West Coast was covered in luscious savanna land and hosted the BIG EIGHT.Among these unique animals that roamed this area were the - 50 ton Megladon shark, the three- toed horse(Hipparion), sabre toothed cat, african bear (Agriotherium africanum), shortneck girrafes (Sivatheres), gomphothere elephants (Anancus), primitive rhino (Ceratotherium) and boselaphine antilope (Mesembriportax).Here, in this hidden network of underground caverns, was a collection of 300 wall paintings, and traces of occupation dating back 30,000 years.They are the oldest examples of prehistoric art ever found - some 15,000 years older than those at Lascaux - and the cave had remained undisturbed for so long that the even the footprints in the floor were those of Stone Age man.The woolly mammoth was well adapted to the cold environment during the last ice age.THE oldest known set of footprints left by modern humans will remain where they were found despite warnings that they could rapidly be eroded away.The woolly mammoth was roughly the same size as modern African elephants.

“I saw visible erosion of the prints themselves in six weeks,” he says.

On 18th December 1994, three cavers were inspecting sites in the Ardeche, southern France, when they came across the hidden entrance to an underground cavern.

Inside, they picked out traces of colour on the cave walls: pictures of a mammoth, a huge bear, rhinoceroses and lions.

This book recounts this discovery and presents a series of photographs of the cave paintings.

The images are particulary impressive in terms of the techniques used to present perspective and motion: many figures interact with each other; some are staggered; others are drawn on bulges in the cave wall to further suggest depth.


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