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World’s oldest drawing is Stone Age crayon doodle

360 view of Blombos cave. To the left the dig can be seen, to the right the cave entrance can be seen

Blombos Cave in South Africa, shown here in panoramic view, was home to prehistoric artists. Credit: Magnus M. Haaland

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