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Fri Dec 14, 2018, 04:57 AM

Ancient coloured 'pencil' up to 50,000 years old found in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter12 December 2018
Cave-dwellers used hematite crayon for art work in Altai Mountains, say archeologists.

The pre-historic artists were not Homo sapiens but Denisovans - a long-extinct branch of ancient man - or possibly Neanderthals, another vanished sub-species, believe scientists.

The crayon was used to make reddish brown marks.

It was found in a layer of the world famous Denisova Cave this summer.

This layer dates to between 45,000 and 50,000 years ago and was occupied mainly by the long-gone Denisovans whose closest modern-day descendants live thousands of miles away as the native peoples of Australia and Papua New Guinea.


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