Horses mysterious black and white seen is shown in the Ice Age paintings really existed 25,000 years, according to new findings by an international team of researchers.
The old pictures of horses with Dalmatian style coats have intrigued scholars for generations, and many believe that the horses were painted dots or abstract symbolic representations of the artists of the Stone Age.
The new DNA analysis of bones and teeth for more than 30 prehistoric wild horses has shown that some common genes, which would have caused the unusual fancy jackets seen in cave paintings, a group of scientists announced Monday.
The study was conducted, researchers at the University of York in northern England, along with colleagues from the United States, Mexico, Spain, Russia and Germany.
"Horses are stained in a frieze that includes hand and exposes abstract patterns of spots," said Professor Terry O'Connor of New York University Department of Archaeology.
He added: "The juxtaposition of elements raised the question of whether the speckled pattern is something symbolic or abstract, especially as many researchers as a phenotype was unlikely that the horses from the Paleolithic. However, our research eliminates the need for symbolic explanation of the horses. People did what they saw. "
The most famous spotted horse was found in cave drawings called "spotted horses of Pech-Merle," which were painted 25,000 years ago in southwestern France and discovered in the 1920's.
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