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A black stencil associated with the ancient "Spotted Horses" mural has provided valuable information regarding the gender of cave artists. | Dan Snow

A black stencil associated with the ancient “Spotted Horses” mural has provided valuable information regarding the gender of cave artists. | Dan Snow.

You go, girls. New research suggests that many of the first artistic masters were women, not men.
For years, researchers have assumed that ancient cave paintings created tens of thousands of years ago were made by men. This belief persisted because so much cave art is related to hunting, the domain of the prehistoric male. However, an American archaeological anthropologist now believes the measurements of ancient cave handprints suggest that the majority of those artists were women.

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