The First Artists in History

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Listen to the story of how two scientists, Guthrie and Snow, were able to break the gender bias that said that all Palaeolithic cave paintings were made by male individuals and prove that the first artists in human history were females.

Human handprints (positive images) and human hand stencils (negative images, or silhouettes) occur in cave art on every inhabited continent. Some 20 years ago almost all scientists had the opinion that the Palaeolithic cave-paintings were made by adult male cave painters.

African tribesman

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Recently, the science of sexual dimorphism has come to aid the study of hand stencils that appear in Upper Palaeolithic cave art. The research of hand stencils in the caves in France and Spain offered definitive proof that most of them were made by female painters.

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