Lion man takes pride of place as oldest statue
30,000-year-old carving might be work of Neanderthals or modern humans.
4 September 2003

This story is from the news and features section of the journal Nature.

This German lion man might be about to become the second oldest sculpture.
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Intricate ivory carvings said to be the oldest known examples of figurative art have been uncovered in a cave in southwestern Germany. Researchers say that the finding could change our understanding of early man's imaginative endeavours.