Art is unique, yet universal. It is something that has given us insight into emotions as well as events around the world. However, what happens when we go back to the very beginning or art? Some of the oldest examples of cave art date back 65,000 years! Since the artwork is displayed in caves that are tricky to reach, scientists wonder the true meaning behind the pictures. They are not in areas where the people dwelled. Some opinions are that the cave art was a “prehistoric chat board” or was used for religious and spiritual purposes.
What is interesting is that cave art from all over the world has some similarities. These paintings are of animals and also of hands. There is a famous cave known as Cueva de las Manos which means ‘Cave of the Hands’ in Spanish. There are hundreds of human hands adorning the cave walls. The art in the cave has been carbon dated to 7300 B.C.
How did scientists discover this? Archaeologists ran tests on instruments they found that the painters would have used, such as pipes. It is believed that the artists would have put paint inside these bone instruments and then would blow the color over their outstretched hand onto the wall. All of the hands appear to be left-handed. Did they use their right hands to hold the instrument as they blewto create a hand out of negative space or did they merely reverse their hand when doing the art? Scientists may never know.
A hunting instrument used during this era was called the bola. This tool may have also be used to produce art. There is evidence of some red dotted marks on the ceiling of the caves which would have been created using the bold. However, there is evidence that suggests people still lived in the cave system up until 700 A.D. Archeologists will continue to excavate the cave sites as scientists and other experts attempt to understand its meaning.
These Animals Caught Sleeping in the Wild Will Leave You Smiling
When it comes to the Internet, there are countless adorable animal photos and videos you can watch. But perhaps one of the most hilarious things you will ever see is these wild animals enjoying some shut-eye. So here are a few that we found that we hope you enjoy!
Not only do giraffes have an interesting sleeping habit, but they also tend to fall asleep in some pretty interesting ways. When it comes to their sleep patterns, giraffes tend to sleep 20 to 30 minutes every day. This helps them stay alert!
There are few things cuter in the world than seeing those little meerkat heads pop up while they stand on the lookout. That is unless you can see inside of their communal holes and catch a glimpse of them sleeping.
These adorable little animals cuddle up in a ball to stay warm and because they want to protect their leader, who is usually sleeping on the bottom of the pile.
When you think of bears, you probably think of hibernation. This is a process during the winter months when there is a lack of food available, so the bear sleeps. This is actually a really interesting but very unique sleeping pattern.
During this hibernation cycle, the bear’s heart rate, respiration, and metabolism all drop so that they can live off the body fat they have stored during the previous months. Even though they are such big animals, they’re still super cute when they’re snoozing!
Have you ever noticed that you don’t see frogs in the winter? That is because, like bears, these amphibians tend to sleep through the winter. The sleeping frog is super cute, although they do not hibernate in the same way a bear does.
In fact, you may stumble upon them and think they’re dead because, during a frog’s hibernation, their heart actually stops, and they do not breathe. Once it gets warmer, though, look out because they’ll be hopping around again.
One of the most wondrous things in the world to see is a whale in its natural habitat. The sperm whale is one of the largest animals in the world and is actually deemed a predator. But even predators need to take a nap.
When these whales decide they need a little shut-eye, they take their naps vertically. Typically these naps take about 15 minutes, and the whale doesn’t move or even breathe during it.
Many of us as kids liked to go out and collect rocks and shells. Because of this, we may well have picked up a snail, especially if we lived in the desert. While many of us thought they were goners, oftentimes that actually wasn’t the case.
Desert snails can actually take naps for years. So you may want to go back to your collection of shells and make sure that every one of them is still there.
As a human, taking a little snooze while you are doing your job or even driving is frowned upon. However, if you are an albatross, this is just an everyday occurrence that evolved from necessity.
You may see an albatross in the air and think they’re flying around hunting for food, but you would be surprised because that giant bird may actually be sleeping. That is one talented multitasking bird.
There are just some animals in the world that don’t care what others think. One of these happens to be the walrus because, frankly, they will sleep whenever and wherever they want to. This makes for some pretty hilarious snapshots.
The walrus has the ability to sleep just about anywhere, that includes underwater. These mammals can actually hold their breath for five minutes, allowing them to take quick catnaps even when they are swimming.
Though, in general, horses do not actually lay down to sleep, occasionally you may find one taking a little roll in the hay and relaxing for a few seconds before getting back to their daily itinerary. For the most part, though, they sleep standing up.
In fact, the horse actually locks its legs so that it can stand for long periods of time, even when drifting off to dreamland. This makes it easy for them to react if something dangerous starts to prey on them.
Though many may think bats are scary and not very cute, they are pretty fascinating creatures. Catching one sleeping is bound to happen and it will leave you with a really hilarious image.
Well actually, you may notice that they seem to be looking at you. That is because the bat sleeps with one eye open. The closed eye will allow one side of the brain to shut off while the open eye lets them stay alert in case of predators.
Have you ever heard that sharks have to keep moving, otherwise they will die? Of course, this is not all of them, as some have developed a system in which there is an opening behind the eye that allows them to get oxygen even when they are not moving.
Though it is not all sharks, some will face the current while taking a nap and then allow the water to go over their gills so that they can still breathe.
Anyone who has seen any picture of a sea otter inevitably has decided that they may be the most adorable animal in the world. Once you have seen them sleeping, there is no doubt that you will immediately fall in love.
In order to keep them from drifting apart, not only do the otters entangle themselves to sea kelp, but they also hold hands. Have you ever? We’re currently in dreamland over this!
Pandas may well be one of the cutest mammals out there. But they also are one of the laziest. Most pandas spend their day looking for food and sleeping, pretty much dividing their day evenly between these two tasks. Sounds like a good life to us!
After they have foraged for food and feel that they have found enough, you will find pandas lounging around in a tree most of the time. Just look at this picture here! Have you ever?
Dolphins are some of the most beloved sea creatures for multiple reasons, ranging from their friendly faces to their incredible jumping performances, and unmatched intelligence. Now to make you love them even more, check out how cute they look while sleeping!
Their sleep cycle is often referred to as logging because when they are sleeping, they look like simple logs floating just above the water surface. Much like the bat, the dolphin actually sleeps with one eye open.
Sometimes in the animal world, you have to evolve certain techniques to ensure your safety. So, when it comes to ducks, this means sleeping with one eye open, as well as in a line. It could be one of the funniest things you’ll ever see.
Ducks sleep in a row so that the ones on either end take on the role of guards. These “guard ducks” keep the eye open of the direction that they are sleeping in, which allows the others to close both eyes and get some much-needed sleep.
There are few things cuter than finding yourself a sleeping ape of any type. But orangutans may just be one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen. Plus, they have the ability to smile and laugh just like us!
Also, like us, when they sleep, you will see that they kind of like to curl up in a ball. The difference is of course that they tend to do this around a tree branch, as opposed to on a bed.
Raccoons are both adorable as well as mischievous. And while raccoons are not as social as you may expect, they are nocturnal animals which means they sleep most of the day. They also tend to sleep more in the winter but do not hibernate, like bears.
The funny thing is these little rascals sometimes just get tuckered out and find a nice place to rest that, in the light of day, is quite noticeable.
There is a reason that sometimes people that are lazy and sleep a lot are referred to as sloths. This is because this animal actually sleeps most of the day and doesn’t move around that much.
Wild sloths sleep for around 10 hours while captive ones will sleep from 15-20 hours per day. They tend to enjoy sleeping while curled up into a ball and wrapped around a tree. Sometimes hanging from them in precarious ways.
Koalas have a pretty excessive need for sleep. These cuddly animals native to Australia sleep anywhere between 18 to 22 hours of the day. This is because they need to store a lot of energy as their diet requires it in order to digest food.
So if you’re ever visiting down under, make sure you head out into the forests to see if you can spot any koalas just hanging around. If you do this, you want to look for these cuddly little creatures tucked into forks of trees.
Depending on where you see the seal, you’re going to see some very different sleeping habits. For those seals in an area where there are many humans, you may find them cuddled up on the deck of a boat, or even like this guy, on a bench on the dock.
If, however, you see them floating in the water, you’re going to see that they sleep kind of like a buoy standing straight up. Also, to avoid drawing some seals can open or close their nostrils.
You may look at a hippo and think they’re cute and cuddly-looking, but those that live in areas near them know that these animals are very dangerous. So it might be better to see them when they’re sleeping!
Typically hippos sleep in the water and usually shallower water so that they can stand in the mud underneath. Occasionally though, you may see them taking a little nap in the mud leftover after the ebb of the river.
Like with most marine animals, turtles have a lot of different ways that they can take a little nap while they’re out and about. For those seeing sea turtles in the ocean, you’ll notice that they sleep right on the surface, or even underneath overhanging rocks and coral.
Occasionally though, you will see them up on the shore basking in the sun, kind of like we do. The frequency of their sleep depends on the water’s temperature and how active the turtle is but on average they get around 11 hours of sleep.
There are many different kinds of pandas, and one of them is the red panda. These pandas are very much loners except, of course, during mating season. They are also nocturnal, so it may be very hard to catch them not sleeping.
When you do, though, you’re going to see them all sprawled out and relaxing. They do this before they get into their nightly tasks of marking their territory and looking for food.
Lions are majestic creatures but are deadly predators. Typically these big cats sleep between 16 and 20 hours every day. They do like to also nap during the day as opposed to the night because of the temperature.
You may see these mighty felines lounging about on the savanna or even near trees. So don’t be surprised if you see a pride of them just kind of lounging around if you’re ever on a safari.
For the most part, armadillos are pretty much loners. These shelled cuties sleep around 16 hours a day in a borough that they dug. They are primarily nocturnal animals, so they look for food at night.
If you ever get a picture of them, you’re likely to find them alone because the only time that these Rolypoli creatures team up is when it’s time to mate or when it’s really cold.
Who doesn’t want to cuddle up with a very cute lemur? These adorable little primates actually sleep quite a bit. In fact, most lemurs will sleep up to 16 hours, all of which are during the nighttime hours.
These independent animals do like to be on their own during the day, but you will find them huddled up in sleep groups in nooks of trees at night. They like to cuddle up together for not only warmth but also to protect themselves from things that might want to eat them.
Because squirrels love to eat nuts and other such things, they tend to sleep a lot, up to about 14 hours a day. You may find them lounging around sometimes like this little guy, but for the most part, they tend to sleep in nests.
These nests are typically crafted with things they’ve collected from the ground, like twigs and leaves, and are usually in trunks of trees. But we kind of wish we would see more of these little guys sleeping because they’re just so fricking cute!
If you’re ever wandering around in locations where you might be able to catch a chimpanzee in their natural habitat, then make sure you look high up in the trees. They like to create beds in these areas so that they can keep themselves safe when sleeping.
But just like other primates, they like to drift off to slumber in the same way as humans do. Curled up in a comfy bed, nice and warm and safe from any danger – what more could you want?
Zebras may be the coolest colored members of the horse family there are. Also, did you know that a group of zebras is called a Dazzle? This makes sense to us since they outshine us all with their beautiful stripes.
For the most part, they sleep standing up, but like with other animals, occasionally, they do need to lay down because they cannot get into deep sleep without doing this.
Many people think about bringing a hedgehog home as a pet. They are, however, solitary, which might make them less entertaining than other pets. Still, one thing is for sure if you ever see a sleeping hedgehog, you are bound to fall in love.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, and so they like to sleep during the day in dead leaves, preferably that they’ve used to create a nest. But the cutest and most fun thing about this is that they curl up in a ball so that their quills can protect them.