Early honey gathering, cave painting

Early honey gathering, cave painting

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Early honey gathering. Reconstruction of a 15,000 year old cave painting that shows the earliest evidence of the gathering of honey from bees. Cave paintings like this were found in caves in Spain. They show human figures on ropes, harvesting honey from the hives of wild bees in cliff faces. The human figure is using smoke from a burning brand to make the bees docile. The black specks are bees flying around the hunter-gatherer as he harvests the honey.

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