World's earliest great art may have been created by people with autism, says British study

Some of the greatest art in the pre-historic Ice Age may have been created by people with autism.

This is what new research by British scientists seems to suggest.

Archaeologists working in partnership with autism experts say that mankind was able to produce such great art over 30,000 years ago because Ice Age conditions drove the selection of particular combinations of genes.

The harsh conditions favoured the natural selection of genes which led some humans to develop abilities to focus on tasks in great detail for long periods.

They also perceived their environments in three-dimensional terms, to develop greater image retention abilities, and identify and analyse patterns of geography and movement.

All of these qualities are often found in people on the autistic spectrum. This quality may have enabled early man to produce realistic art and to draw them in a way that looked like 3-D reality.

The main examples of early realistic dynamic Ice Age art have been found in France and Spain.

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