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Women Were Probably the First Artists, Study Dispels Male Bias in Archaeology

Rodrigo Mejia

One of the most stirring signs of our past can be found on cave walls throughout the world, where painted handprints and stencils join rough sketches of wild game--some as old as 40,000 years. But, as it turns out, most of those handprints belonged to women, not men (as was previously believed). An algorithm made by archaeologist Dean Snow, which determines gender based on distinct traits in both male and female hands, found that of 32 prints around the global, 75 percent were female.

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