A tiny hand, originally assumed to be of a very young child or infant was stenciled inside the outline of an adult hand on the wall of the Wadi Sura II rock shelter about 8,000 years ago. New research suggests that the prints were actually made by reptiles.

Anthropologist Suggests that Tiny Stone Age Cave ‘Handprints’ Are Not Actually Human Hands

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“We have a modern conception that nature is something that humans are separate from. But in this huge collection of images we can detect that humans are just part of a bigger natural world. It's very challenging for us as researchers to interpret these paintings since we have a culture that's totally different [from the one that created it].”

Featured image: A tiny hand, originally assumed to be of a very young child or infant was stenciled inside the outline of an adult hand on the wall of the Wadi Sura II rock shelter about 8,000 years ago. New research suggests that the prints were actually made by reptiles. Source: Emmanuelle Honoré

By Alicia McDermott

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Assuming the hands were stenciled by the person the prints belonged to, these prints also show that some people back then were left handed.

LOUIS MILLETTE's picture

I have send a email to Emmanelle Honore telling her that in fact those are almost new born baby hand Since we could not insert image here it will be hard to prove my point Most of the other hand are female hand. So i could say that when a woman was given birth of a new baby they recorded this event on the wall for the future that is now...

Reminiscent of raccoon "hands". Some raccoons can grow large enough to have hands the size of a newborn, complete with thumbs, yet the thumb is set a bit more to the side, and the central digits are usually longer. Raccoons are also kept as pets by some people.

Amazing how one person can see what everyone else has missed.  This happens much more frequently that we suspect.  It has happened a lot in archaeology, a field poisoned by rich amateurs.

Tom Carberry

Tsurugi's picture

Wait....what? It's poisoned by the amateurs??

I'd love to hear your reasoning on that, since it is the professionals(academics) who define the field, define what is or isn't credible, and write the textbooks. Amateurs, by definition, are not really even in the field at all, so how could they poison it?

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