Cueva de las Manos is a cave located in an isolated area in the Patagonian landscape of southern Argentina.
It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands, but there are also many depictions of guanacos, rheas and other animals, as well as hunting scenes.
They show cows in ceremonial robes accompanied by humans, domesticated dogs and even a giraffe.
The cave paintings are excellently preserved and retain their clear outlines and strong colors.
The Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil is home to numerous rock shelters that are decorated with cave paintings.
The paintings include scenes of rituals and hunting, trees and animals capivaras.
Discovered in the late 19th century, the Altamira Cave in northern Spain was the first cave in which prehistoric paintings were discovered.
The paintings were of such an astounding quality that the scientific society doubted their authenticy and even accused it’s discoverer Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola of forgery.
Laas Gaal is a complex of caves and rock shelters in northwestern Somalia that contain some of the earliest known rock art in the Horn of Africa and the African continent in general.
The prehistoric cave paintings are estimated to be between 11,000 and 5,000 years old.
The paintings reflect the changing environment of the Sahara desert which used to have a much wetter climate.
Nine thousand years ago the surroundings were green with lakes and forests and with large herds of wild animals as demonstrated by rock paintings at Tadrart Aracus of animals such as giraffes, elephants and ostriches.
The Chauvet Cave in southern France contains some of earliest known prehistoric cave paintings in the world.