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Cave Music

Why did prehistoric cave artists pick certain walls?and not others?on which you paint their beautiful images? Their choices may have to do with acoustics.

Prehistoric artists may have painted the areas in their caves where singing, humming and music sounded best. Scientists have found that humming into some bends in a decorated cave wall produced sounds like those made by the animals painted on it.

In LiveScience.com, Heather Whipps quotes researcher Iegor Reznikoff as saying, "Why would the Paleolithic tribes choose preferably resonant locations for painting, if it were not for making sounds and singing in some kind of ritual celebrations related with the pictures?"

Art credit: freeimages.co.uk

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