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Acoustics Expert: Cavemen Must Have Loved to Sing
By Heather Whipps, LiveScience
Iegor Reznikoff, University of Paris X (Nanterre)
A painted bison in the Salon Noir, which sounds like a Romanesque chapel, in a cave near Niaux, in the Ariège department of southwestern France.
Ancient hunters painted the sections of their cave dwellings where singing, humming and music sounded best, a new study suggests.
Analyzing the famous, ochre-splashed cave walls of southwestern France, the most densely painted areas were also those with the best acoustics, the scientists found.
Humming into some bends in the wall even produced sounds mimicking the animals painted there.