57,000-year-old Neanderthal engravings found in French cave

The oldest known cave engravings in France, and possibly Europe, have been discovered in the Loire Valley, with researchers uncovering designs dating back to at least 57,000 years ago to the age of Neanderthals. According to the American journal PLOS One, the engravings, also called finger-flutings, predate the arrival of Homo sapiens to Western Europe. The designs are abstract, but are "clearly intentional" and "make a new and very important contribution to our knowledge of Neanderthal behavior," the research team wrote.

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