200,000-Year-Old Hand Art Found Near a Tibetan Hot Spring (gizmodo)

A three-dimensional scan of the Quesang print panel, showing the depth gradient of the prints.

An international team of researchers has reported the discovery of hand and foot prints from Quesang, in the Tibetan Plateau. The fossil impressions, which date to between 169,000 and 226,000 years ago and seem to have been created intentionally, could represent the earliest known art of its kind. Called parietal art, this form of ancient visual expression typically crops up on cave walls but can also be made on the ground, as appears to be the case for the recent Tibet discovery.

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