Saving Lascaux Cave

A black fungus is spreading across the prehistoric murals in the Lascaux cave in France, and scientists aren't sure what to do about it.  At the moment, the cave is completely sealed in the hopes that the cave "will heal itself," said Marc Gaulthier, head of the Lascaux Caves International Scientific Committtee.  The fungus problem is exacerbated by rising temperatures that prevent air from circulating inside the caverns, Gaulthier said.

The paintings are estimated to be between 15,000 and 17,500 years old.

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(image credit: AP/Pierre Andrieu)

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