Student deciphers ‘cave art’: ‘Stone age art’ in Upper Franconian cave not an archaeological sensation after all

Student deciphers ‘cave art’: ‘Stone age art’ in Upper Franconian cave not an archaeological sensation after all

The Mäanderhöhle cave near Bamberg was previously regarded as an archaeological sensation. It was thought to contain some of the oldest cave art in Germany. However, a researcher has demonstrated that the markings discovered inside the cave in 2005 are not fertility symbols carved by humans as previously thought. In fact, these lines occurred as a result of natural processes, the archaeologist says.

Concept of hibernation challenged: Bat species is first mammal found hibernating at constant warm temperatures

Concept of hibernation challenged: Bat species is first mammal found hibernating at constant warm temperatures

The Middle East, with temperate winters, was until recently considered an unlikely host for hibernating mammals. Now new research is set to change the very concept of hibernation. Researchers discovered two species of the mouse-tailed bat that hibernate at the unusually warm and constant temperature of about 68°F in caves in Israel’s Great Rift Valley.