Feeling a little too big for your britches lately? Like you’re on top of the world? You’ve got it all figured out?
Well, scientists have revealed that they have found ancient cave paintings in Spain, dating back over 40,ooo years.
There. That should bring you right back down to size!
Ooh, and this cave, with the super ancient paintings? It’s about 3-8,000 years older than the Chauvet cave, give or take. You know, the fancy one that Werner Herzog did a documentary about? Yeah. Though that documentary was remarkable and I highly recommend it – and I can only imagine it is way more entertaining than a documentary about this cave, El Castillo, and it’s 40,000 year old red dot painted on a wall. However! This shit is still nuts. We are bearing witness to the very first visual expression of man. The first art. Ever. Ever in the world.
And if that doesn’t give you pause, I don’t know what will.
Ooh, also, someone found a 35,000 year old flute in Germany. So not only did they make art and tell visual stories, they played woodwinds. Made from vulture bone.
So, I guess that’s +2 for ancient humans today. Nice work, guys! I’m gonna go and think of something spectacular to do today…because if I don’t I’m just going to think about the fact that there is not one thing I could do in my life that would have as much significance and importance on humanity and history as the dude who put his hand print on a wall, and the maker of this flute.