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(While the paintings are strikingly similar in content—human hands, animals teetering on stick-like appendages—they are also strikingly different in style.
In the opening scene of Bridget Jones’ Diary, the lecherous Uncle Geoffrey sidles up to Bridget at her mother’s turkey curry buffet and asks that dreaded question: when is she going to get “sprogged up”?
When a woman reaches a certain age, she is expected to start thinking about having children. But why doesn’t she have children, people will whisper. Childlessness is rarely talked about, nor the reasons addressed.
Female celebrities without children (Kylie Minogue, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston among them) are subjected to are-they-aren’t-they pregnancy stories.
It allows scientists to determine an age—a minimum age—for the paintings that cover the cave walls.39,900 years old.
Which makes their minimum age at least 2,000 years older than the minimum age of the oldest European cave art.
They couldn't have been created, their finders figured, much more than 10,000 years ago.
“If they don’t, everyone wants to know what’s wrong with them.” Mirren’s words couldn’t be timelier.