In the Libyan Desert, Wadi Sūra II shelter hosts numerous stencil paintings believed to date to the Early and Mid-Holocene (7,000 years ago). Researchers now can say that these hand-prints are not human.
Tiny hands have previously been considered to belong to human babies. However, some new research by archaeologists from the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University has suggested these are actually the hand prints of reptiles, something never seen. Could this be more than traditional archaeologists think?
The researchers of the study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, came to this idea by looking at the size of the hand prints and comparing them to the size and dimensions of newborn baby hands.
After comparing this information with the data obtained from the tiny hand prints, the study says the prints “differ significantly in size, proportions and morphology from human hands,” meaning there’s an “extremely low probability” these are human.
But there are lot of questions about the “reptile” theory. At the moment, they’re also analyzing the forefeet of Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) as a potential suspect. This could open up even more questions, as the crocodile would have to have been transported across the desert to the cave.
But why ancient dwellers of the Libyan desert would use a reptile foot as a stencil is unclear. Could this be another strong proof for paleocontact?