World-renowned French paleoanthropologist Yves Coppens delivers a lecture on the famous cave paintings of Lascaux. The cave system contains nearly 2,000 colorful figures of animals and people in nature, painted by Paleolithic humans. Although the caves are over 17,000 years old, they were not discovered until 1940. Since then, the paintings and their mysterious origins have been a subject of fascination for people all over the world.
Dr. Coppens is considered one of the world's leading experts on ancient hominids and human evolution and is best known for helping to discover “Lucy,” one of the oldest and most well known fossils of an early human ancestor. He has launched many successful archeological digs and research programs and has published thousands of articles and numerous books. He is currently an honorary professor at the College de France and the President of the Scientific Council for the Preservation of the Caves of Lascaux.
This event also features Bernard Cazeau, senator and president of the General Council of the Dordogne region, where the caves of Lascaux are located.