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Cave Paintings

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Careful preservation makes analysis possible. Cool and damp, Chauvet Cave's steady interior climate—56 degrees Fahrenheit (13.3 degrees Celsius), with 99 percent humidity year-round—contributes to the French cave's remarkable state of preservation. The large, complex Panel of Horses in Hillaire Chamber receives attention from researchers.
Photograph by Jean-Michel Geneste

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