A new research study confirms that the exquisite cave art at Chauvet Cave is the oldest.

The study is documented in an open-access paper on PNAS (May 7, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1118593109 PNAS May 7, 2012).   The abstract begins,

Since its discovery, the Chauvet cave elaborate artwork called into question our understanding of Palaeolithic art evolution and challenged traditional chronological benchmarks.

The  artwork on the walls of Chauvet Cave is unequalled in Paleolithic art, superior even to the better-known works of Lascaux dated much later.  Evolutionists had  expected that cave art would progress from simple to complex as man’s cognitive abilities evolved, but Chauvet challenged that idea by showing that the oldest was by far the best.  The authors of the paper were astonished at its quality:

Chauvet cave, in Vallon Pont d’Arc, Ardèche, France, is a site of exceptional scientific interest for a number of reasons: (i) the variety of its majestic parietal; (ii) very good conservation of the floor and wall ornamentations, exhibiting human and animal imprints; (iii) revelations of unknown techniques in Palaeolithic rock art (such as stump drawing); (iv) predominance of rare themes such as felines and rhinoceroses; and (v)unequalled aesthetic delivery.

The new research tried to corroborate or refute carbon dates using a different dating method, cosmic ray exposure.  Unfortunately for evolutionists, the results continue to “call into question” their understanding of the artistic abilities of early man:

Remarkably agreeing with the radiocarbon dates of the human and animal occupancy, this study confirms that the Chauvet cave paintings are the oldest and the most elaborate ever discovered, challenging our current knowledge of human cognitive evolution.

Their last sentence re-emphasized the challenge to evolutionary understanding of human capabilities: “These results have significant implications for archaeological, human, and rock art sciences and seriously challenge rock art dating based on stylistic criteria.”….

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