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Altamira Bison - A painted bison on the ceiling of Altamira cave in Spain. The cave is closed to the public because human incursions have caused damage to the 14,000-year-old paintings. (Credit: MNCN-CSIS, Spain)

A painted bison on the ceiling of Altamira cave in Spain. The cave is closed to the public because human incursions have caused damage to the paintings.

Representation of bison in the cave Covaciella in Northern Spain.  Discovered by chance in 1994, it contains the best conserved representation of bison anywhere in Asturias because the cave had been sealed up for thousands of years. Its 40-meter gallery has paintings dating back more than 14,000 years. © Fundación ITMA / S.Relanzon.

Representation of bison in the Covaciella cave © Fundación ITMA/S.

Altamira cave paintings to be opened to the public once again |  Small groups of visitors will be allowed into Spain's 'Sistine Chapel of paleolithic art', the regional government has said

Altamira cave paintings to be opened to the public once again

Small groups of visitors will be allowed into Spain's 'Sistine Chapel of paleolithic art', the regional government has said

Chauvet Cave: Bison by ElenaGoryachev on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/229108668/chauvet-cave-bison

Chauvet Cave: Bison

Chauvet Cave: Bison by ElenaGoryachev on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/229108668/chauvet-cave-bison

Aurignacian Man, Mammoth (c.30,000 BC), Chauvet Cave, Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Ardèche, France Charcoal drawing and engraving on rock, length c.80cm

inside the cave of forgotten dreams- cave art made years ago within the Chauvet cave

This movie is available in the Safety Harbor Library - if you're into the history of mankind this is not to be missed!

The Cave Art Paintings of the Chauvet Cave. A clip from the documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog

Chauvet Cave, Ardeche, France, dated to 30,000 to 28,000 BC.  Once thought to house the oldest representational art, the more than 1,000 paintings of predators are unmatched in their sophistication.

A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the World

Chauvet Cave, Ardeche, France, dated to to BC. Once thought to be the oldest representational art, the more than paintings of predators are unmatched in their sophistication.

"Big Cats" from the Chauvet cave in Ardeche, France.  The caves contain hundreds of figures, many rhinos and big cats.  Dated at 30,000 bce

Left: "Big Cats" from the Chauvet cave in Ardeche, France. The caves contain hundreds of figures, many rhinos and big cats. Dated at bce

Polychrome Hall in Altamira Cave, Spain has been compared to a Paleolithic Sistine Chapel because of its decorated ceiling. (Credit: MNCN-CSIS, SpainRocky)

Amazing Caves: Pictures of the Earth's Innards

My mom and I visited in 1986 before they closed it to the public. [Polychrome Hall in Altamira Cave, Spain has been compared to a Paleolithic Sistine Chapel because of its decorated ceiling.

Prehistoric Cave painting | 35000 years ago | Ancient Art History

The Altamira cave paintings

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