So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

By Jonathan Jones

Scientists say cave paintings in Spain, thought to have been by our ancestors, were actually by Neanderthals. So did they teach us everything we know?

If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. Nothing seems more startling than the way they placed hands against the cold rock and blew red ochre out of their mouths to leave fiery images. Of what though?

Up to now we called it the human presence. “The print of the hand says, ‘This is my mark. This is man',” declared the scientist Jacob Bronowski when he visited caves in northern Spain in his classic TV series The Ascent of Man. Simon Schama visits those same caves in the BBC's new epic series Civilisations and raves about those same handprints. For what could communicate the curiosity, self-assertion, intelligence, and above all self-consciousness of our unique species Homo sapiens, more clearly that this desire to literally leave our mark?

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Seascapes without a camera: Meghann Riepenhoff's cyanotypes

Tidal patterns made by ocean waves, sand and marine life are captured by the photographic process of Meghann Riepenhoff, a US artist fascinated by the nature of humans' relationship to an impermanent landscape. She will be creating a site-specific work for Photofairs San Francisco by the shore at the city's Fort Mason arts centre

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Katy Grannan’s Anonymous, Modesto: challenging the norm of sexuality

By Skye Sherwin

The American photographer known for capturing the drifters and drug addicts, failed by a hollow American dream

The woman Katy Grannan has photographed wears her beach babe persona like a suit of armour, albeit one that lays all the chinks bare.

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North Korea’s graphic artistry – in pictures

Everyday objects, such as sweet wrappers and posters, will be exhibited for the first time outside the communist republic at a London show to showcase the country's graphic art. Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK is at the House of Illustration until 13 May

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Joyce quits — and doubles the backbench trouble for Turnbull

By Bernard Keane

Bye bye, Barnaby. After weeks of being told his position is untenable, Barnaby Joyce has finally decided to go.

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NT government release terribly timed press release on Tennant Creek

By Emily Watkins

There are certainly some details missing in this offering from the Minister for Tourism and Culture.

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Why Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump Jr had very different Indian visits

By Charlie Lewis

Dress ups and gaffes marked both visits, but their deeper significance is a bit more complicated.

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Philippines drug war kills countless poor people, while the rich escape unscathed

By Antony Loewenstein

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte's war on drugs has become, like in every other nation where a drugs war is waged, an onslaught against the poor.

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