Share this post

user icon

Live

People Reading

This story now

These Ancient Hand Prints Are Not Of Humans, Who Was It Then?

Archeologists have a testing work. Each day they should contemplate artifacts from the past and utilize their observational skills to make a picture of an overlooked time and place. Yet, only one new reality or unexplained bit of information can smash their whole story. Today we reveal to you one of such kind of information.

These Ancient Hand Prints Are Not Of Humans, Who Was It Then?

These Ancient Hand Prints Are Not Of Humans, Who Was It Then?

754 396
  in History

A mysterious cave

A mysterious cave

Back in 2002, some amateurs had come across a mysterious cave in order to get some shelter from the scorching Sun.

When they discovered hand prints on the walls

When they discovered hand prints on the walls

The prints had first appeared to be belonging to humans, but then it was revealed otherwise.

The Wadi Sura II cave in the Egyptian portion of the Libyan desert

The Wadi Sura II cave in the Egyptian portion of the Libyan desert

It was thrilling for the archaeological community

It was thrilling for the archaeological community

The cave contained well over 5,000 ancient cave paintings.

The murals depicted animals and humans

The murals depicted animals and humans

But one of the walls left the archaeologists astounded.

It had hundreds of human hands

It had hundreds of human hands

Or what it seemed at first sight, they were hundreds of human hands. But, oddly enough that was not the case.

From closer examination

From closer examination

It was impossible that the smaller hands belonged to humans.

Extremely small in size

Extremely small in size

They said, that the prints "differ significantly in size, proportions and morphology from human hands" and that there was an "extremely low probability" that these belonged to the homo sapiens.

Researchers argued that they belonged to reptiles

Researchers argued that they belonged to reptiles

But, no we aren't talking about lizards. Scientists believe the artists actually used the severed foot of a monitor lizard or a Nile crocodile as a stencil to draw on the hands. It was easier than using their own hand.

It was the first time the use of these stencils was discovered in that part of the world

It was the first time the use of these stencils was discovered in that part of the world

Although this practice has been seen in the caves of Argentina.

But, altogether, the use of a reptile for painting still seems weird

But, altogether, the use of a reptile for painting still seems weird

Share the knowledge with all.

Loved this? Spread it out then

comments Comment ()

Post as @guest useror
clear

clear
arrow_back

redo Pooja query_builder {{childComment.timeAgo}}

clear

clear
arrow_back

Be the first to comment on this story.

Report

close

Select you are Reporting

expand_more
  • +2351 Active user
Post as @guest useror

NSFW Content Ahead

To access this content, confirm your age by signing up.