Their men were thought to have been the hunter gatherers, out slaughtering woolly mammoth to put food on the tablet
But cavewomen weren’t just stay-at-homes stitching deerskins into natty outfits. Those primitive paintings on the walls of the caves that were home to man some 40,000 years ago, humanity’s oldest artworks? It was the girls who daubed them.
Researchers have studied stencilled hand prints that sit alongside thrilling hunting scenes in caves in France and Spain - and believe that three quarters of them were made by women. The revelation not only places us as the innovators of art, but suggests we’ve been working mothers for longer than we thought. Women must have painted what had seen. So they brought home the bison, too.