Prehistoric Preschool Artists

Psst, parents! Did your kids draw on the wall? Well, take heart: you're not alone. In fact, prehistoric preschool "artists" decorated their cave walls, too.

Cambridge archaeologist Jess Cooney will explain how meticulous research, using methodology tailor-made for the task, has made it possible to identify both the age and gender of the children who made the simple art form known as finger flutings around 13,000 years ago during the hunter gatherer period.

Her work reveals that some of the flutings studied were made by a three-year-old child with the most prolific young artist being a girl of five.

I can just imagine a cavemom yelling at her kids: "What do you think you are? Neanderthals? Wait whatamIthinking... you guys are Neanderthals!"


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