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Prehistoric Animated Cave Drawings Discovered In France
Web Pro News ^ | 6-14-2012 | Amanda Crum

Posted on 09/12/2012 5:47:16 AM PDT by Renfield

News out of France concerning Prehistoric cave drawings that were animated by torch-light is taking the art history world by storm, and has overwhelmed this artist to the point of awe.

The cave drawings were found by archaeologist Marc Azema and French artist Florent Rivere, who suggest that Paleolithic artists who lived as long as 30,000 years ago used animation effects on cave walls, which explains the multiple heads and limbs on animals in the drawings. The images look superimposed until flickering torch-light is passed over them, giving them movement and creating a brief animation.

“Lascaux is the cave with the greatest number of cases of split-action movement by superimposition of successive images. Some 20 animals, principally horses, have the head, legs or tail multiplied,” Azéma said.

Azema and other archaeologists have found small disks called thaumatropes which were carved from bone in Paleolithic times and acted as a crude, mini movie camera by tricking the eye. Azema thinks these artists used similar tools to create the drawings, which give us a glimpse at the first origins of what we know as cinema…and they did it well before those credited with the invention in the 19th century.

Azema and Rivere have published their amazing findings in the most recent issue of Antiquity and say it is a significant find for humanity.

“Prehistoric man foreshadowed one of the fundamental characteristics of visual perception, retinal persistence,” Azéma and Rivère write.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; art; france; godsgravesglyphs; paleoanthropology
Excellent animated explanation at the link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x8exsw6yKXw

1 posted on 09/12/2012 5:47:21 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 09/12/2012 5:48:09 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

I’m skeptical of this find.


3 posted on 09/12/2012 5:53:24 AM PDT by Loud Mime (I'll claim I speak for God only after I do acid, a few lines of coke and half a bottle of bourbon.)
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To: Renfield

ok. Interesting, I am not sure I’d call it “animated”


4 posted on 09/12/2012 5:55:40 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
It's called an illusion....An archeologists delusion. They are so hot on themselves...and that's okay....

BUT...in the end....IT'S ALL ABOUT GRANT MONEY.

5 posted on 09/12/2012 6:00:40 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Renfield

I read that the cavemen really liked this at first but then it died out when the producers got lazy and kept coming back to the same old tired themes in the sequels. I mean, who wants to see “Running Horse IV”?


6 posted on 09/12/2012 6:03:47 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Renfield

Very cool. Thanks


7 posted on 09/12/2012 6:09:50 AM PDT by Mercat (Hey, this guy sounds great! He should take over for the guy that didn’t do all this stuff)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Any evidence that popcorn was consumed?


8 posted on 09/12/2012 6:10:37 AM PDT by tsomer
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To: Renfield

Add the torchlight and no doubt sleep deprivation and psychotropic drugs.


9 posted on 09/12/2012 6:11:09 AM PDT by Mercat (Hey, this guy sounds great! He should take over for the guy that didn’t do all this stuff)
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To: shibumi

So...how many years ago did I tell you this very thing?

[where’s my grant money?]


10 posted on 09/12/2012 6:11:49 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: Renfield

Do you have to flick rocks like a deck of cards with your finger?


11 posted on 09/12/2012 6:12:00 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Renfield
Prehistoric animation?

Yabba Dabba Doo!!

12 posted on 09/12/2012 6:13:43 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Renfield
Azema and Rivere ... say it is a significant find for humanity.
Significant? Will it cure cancer? Feed millions? Bring world peace? WTF?
13 posted on 09/12/2012 6:51:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Renfield

Fascinating - thanks for posting.


14 posted on 09/12/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: Renfield

One drawing which was particularly fascinating depicts a prehistoric coyote about to be hit in the head by a falling anvil.


15 posted on 09/12/2012 7:20:20 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: All

Hopefully they weren’t anti-islamic.


16 posted on 09/12/2012 7:21:41 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Renfield

This explains the the wooden box with painted rocks on a string wound into a roll. FlintRock Productions Presents....


17 posted on 09/12/2012 7:34:15 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Renfield

Anything like the Edweard Muybridge photos?

http://www.muybridge.org/Other/Animal-Lovomotion-Vol-11-WILD/15860622_8nj5Vb#!i=1426200616&k=LWc84b9


18 posted on 09/12/2012 7:36:53 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Actually, in the animation, they show a series carved on a bovine rib that depicts what appears to be a lion in just the same way.


19 posted on 09/12/2012 9:37:03 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Renfield

Hunting practice maybe?


20 posted on 09/12/2012 10:16:41 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (ENVY IS JUST PASSIVE, LAZY GREED)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

I think this is actually a sort of update topic, but it's definitely pingworthy!

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


21 posted on 09/12/2012 7:11:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv; All

Visual effects may have been enhanced with participants using various hallucinogenic substances during whatever ceremonies were held in those locations.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 10:51:01 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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