Iberia: natural history and environment

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The environment, geography, nature and landscape of Spain

Friday, July 02, 2004

Altamira


There are many versions to this true story and this is mine.
On a summer’s day in 1879, an amateur anthropologist and his eight-year old daughter were exploring the area around Santillana del Mar, when they came across an opening to a cave. It had been exposed a few years previously by a landslide provoked by heavy rains. A hunter had chanced upon it the year before, but finding no bears or wolves, he continued on his way. Intrigued, father and daughter lit their charcoal lamps and climbed in through the entrance. As the anthropologist scoured the floor for bones and arrowheads his daughter looked up to the cave’s ceiling and exclaimed, “Look Dad, they’re cows! (Mira, Papá, son bueyes)” .

What they saw now forms part of Spanish and World culture..... Read

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