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8,000-YEAR-OLD HANDPRINTS IN STONE AGE CAVE WERE NOT HUMAN

Located in the vast arid desert near Egypt’s southwestern border with Lybia, amateur explorer stumbled upon the ‘Cave of Beasts’ in 2002. The cave, also known as Wadi Sura II, includes a total of 5000 images painted or engraved into the stone over 8,000 years ago.

The mysterious set of handprints, which amateur explorers discovered in an Egyptian cave in 2002 were not created by humans after all. A new study shows that the hands are too small and fingers too long in order to have belonged to a human species.

A new theory suggests ancient hunters could have created the handprints by holding up lizards. However why ancient hunters would have done this remains a mystery.

The new theory is somewhat conflicting and many do not agree, suggesting the truth behind them is far more mysterious than we are willing to accept.

Researchers first believed that the anomalous ‘prints’ engraved in the stone belonged to the hands and feet of baby children, but a new researcher has shown otherwise, suggesting that the traces left in the cave did not belong to humans but… lizards.

Anthropologist Emmanuelle Honoré of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research stated she was stunned when she saw the shape of the small prints, which at first impression, might resemble small baby hands.

The cave, has around 5,000 images that were painted or engraved into stone around 8,000 years ago

The cave, has around 5,000 images that were painted or engraved into stone around 8,000 years ago

She told the National Geographic: ‘They were much smaller than human baby hands, and the fingers were too long.’

To understand who or what left those prints behind, Honoré compared measurements taken from the hand outlines found in the Cave of the Beasts with those taken from the hand of newborn children, including the measurements from newborn premature babies. The results were clear, the depictions left behind in the Cave did not belong to humans and Honoré concluded that there is an ‘extremely low probability’ that the hands in the Cave of the Beasts were human.

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