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The dates overlap with the earliest occupation dates recorded at sites in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The team used radio carbon dating and luminance testing to establish dates for dozens of artefacts unearthed at Boodie Cave, on the northern shore of Barrow Island, 50 kilometres off the Pilbara.It is believed the first anatomically modern humans from Africa entered Europe and encountered resident Neanderthal populations around 45,000 years ago.Direct evidence for a systematic occupation of the African tropics during the early late Pleistocene is lacking.Since the dates established by carbon-14 for the paintings at Lascaux and Altamira occurred after the the remnant Neanderthals became extinct, it follows the cave paintings were created by our ancestors.If, on the other hand, the earlier dates of 38,000 to 40,000 years determined by Pike and his team are accepted the Neanderthals could have been the cave painters.

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