The Panel of Hands in El Castillo Cave near the village of Puente Viesgo

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The Panel of Hands in El Castillo Cave near the village of Puente Viesgo is seen in this handout photo released June 14, 2012. Scientists using a new dating technique reported June 14 that many of the most famous cave paintings in Spain are thousands of years older than previously thought – ancient enough to have been created not by Homo sapiens like ourselves but by Neanderthals, the species that lived in Europe long before the newcomers arrived from Africa. A hand stencil has been dated to earlier than 37,300 years ago and a red disk to earlier than 40,600 years ago, making them the oldest cave paintings in Europe. REUTERS/Image courtesy of Pedro Saura/Handout (SPAIN)