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Cave art could be Britain's oldest
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Swansea, Wales (UPI) Jul 25, 2011

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A wall carving in a south Wales cave dated to the Ice Age 14,000 years ago could be Britain's oldest example of rock art, an archaeologist says.

The faint scratchings of a speared reindeer are believed to have been carved by an ancient hunter-gatherer and are "very, very exciting," George Nash of Bristol University said.

Nash made the discovery while exploring the caves on Wales' Gower peninsula in September 2010.

"For 20-odd years I have been taking students to this cave and talking about what was going on there," he said.

"They went back to their cars and the bus and I decided to have a little snoop around in the cave as I've never had the chance to do it before.

"Within a couple of minutes I was scrubbing at the back of a very strange and awkward recess and there a very faint image bounced in front of me -- I couldn't believe my eyes," he said.

Although the reindeer drawing is similar to many found in northern Europe around 4,000-5,000 years later, the discovery of flint tools in the cave decades ago could indicate the carving's true date, he said.

"In the 1950s, Cambridge University undertook an excavation there and found 300-400 pieces of flint and dated it to between 12,000-14,000 B.C.," Nash said.

The location of the find, now being officially dated and verified by experts at the National Museum of Wales and Cadw, will be revealed to the public in the future, the BBC reported.

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Brains 'hear' voices when reading quotes
Glasgow, Scotland (UPI) Jul 26, 2011 - Our brains "hear" the voice of the speaker when we read direct quotations, Scottish researchers say.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow say the phenomenon has long been accepted but never scientifically investigated.

"Although many of us share the intuition of an 'inner voice,' particularly during silent reading of direct speech statements in text, there has been little direct empirical confirmation of this experience so far," researcher Christoph Scheepers said.

Now scientists at the university's Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging have established that reading direct speech activates "voice-selective areas" of the brain, a university release reported Tuesday.

Scheepers and his team scanned the brains of 16 participants in the study using functional magnetic resonance imaging while they read different short stories.

Direct quotes activated voice-selective areas of the brain's auditory cortex, MRI results showed.

"This reveals that readers are more likely to engage in perceptual simulations, or spontaneous imagery, of the reported speaker's voice when reading direct speech," Sheepers said.

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