8,000-year-old handprints in Stone Age Cave have puzzled researchers for a while. It was proved that these are definitely not of human origin.
This cave was discovered in 2002 and includes a total of 5000 images painted or engraved into the stone over 8,000 years ago.
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.
To understand who or what left those prints behind, anthropologist Emmanuelle 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.
The Anthropologist believes the mysterious marks might have been created by hunters who used the forelegs of desert monitor lizards or even crocodiles to make these marks.
But no one can come up with an explanation as to why people 8,000 years ago would use lizards or even crocodiles to leave such marks behind.
This explanation makes no sense according to many other researchers who look for alternative explanations.