Scientists identified prehistoric artists by fingerprints

Scientists from Spain and Great Britain managed to identify prehistoric artists who left their schematic drawings in the Spanish cave of Los Machos. Dactyloscopic analysis technologies helped to identify the authors of ancient rock painting.

Fingerprint analysis is a practice that helps not only criminologists. Fingerprints can be used to determine gender and age, so dactyloscopy is actively used in science.

“We used fingerprint analysis to identify the authors of cave paintings created between six and a half to four thousand years ago. We are talking about the manifestations of schematic painting – there are circles and lines, as well as different geometric patterns and anthropomorphic figures. Studying such drawings is a very important task for understanding how the life of ancient people was arranged,” say the staff of the University of Grenada, who led the scientific project.

The study showed that the drawings in the cave of Los Machos in southern Spain were created by a man who was about 35-36 years old and a girl who was between 10 and 16 years old. Once scientists believed that rock painting in prehistoric times was the preserve of only adult men, but now the researchers have another refutation of this hypothesis.