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Were Prehistoric Women The Ones Behind Cave Paintings?

Funny how “cavemen” get all the glory while you almost never hear about “cave women.” But after 25,000 years, it’s becoming clear that the ladies who (maybe?) wore animal skins and dwelled in caves had a bigger part in prehistoric artwork than was previously thought. Professor Dean Snow from Pennsylvania State University has studied and analyzed the proportions of hand stencils in French and Spanish caves, and he believes that while the larger prints are clearly male hands, the smaller ones belonged to adult women. Using digit ratios and proportions to compare prehistoric hand outlines with the size of their ancestors’ hands today, Snow claims that the combination of a long index finger and a short pinky indicates that women were up in the caves painting right alongside the men. So give the cave ladies some love. [Daily Mail]

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