PICTURES: Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female

PICTURES: Prehistoric European Cave Artists Were Female
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Analyzing hand stencils dating back some 28,000 years in Spain's El Castillo cave, archaeologist Dean Snow concluded many of El Castillo's artists had been female.

"The very long ring finger on the left is a dead giveaway for male hands," he said. "The one on the right has a long index finger and a short pinky--thus very feminine."

His findings suggest women's role in prehistoric culture may have been greater than previously thought.
—Photographs by Roberto Ontanon Peredo, courtesy Dean Snow
 
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