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July 11, 2003

Unknown, goat-like creature

The animal, a male caprid, possibly an ibex, is depicted in ancient carvings thought to be the first example of Ice Age art ever discovered in Britain.

The image has a strong resemblence to the famous Lascaux cave-paintings in what is now southern France. It is unusual primarily for having been found much further north than comparable artwork of the same period. Creswell Crags, about 150m north of London, is a system of limestone caves inhabited from 50,000 to 10,000 years ago during the last ice age.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 11, 2003 12:08 PM