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5 May 2011
25,000-year-old cave paintings discovered in Spain

Paintings depicting horses and human hands made by prehistoric humans around 25,000 years ago have been discovered in a cave in northern Spain. The red paintings, found by chance by archaeologists looking for signs of ancient settlements, were made around the same time as the Altamira Cave paintings - some of the world's best prehistoric paintings discovered in Spain in 1879.
     "It was a chance finding," archaeologist Diego Garate said. "Although they were difficult to spot because they are badly deteriorated, our experienced eye helped us to identify them." Experts will further explore the caves for evidence of prehistoric utensils or tools, officials said.

Edited from Reuters (4 May 2011)

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