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    Marc Azéma, a film maker and researcher at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, believes that cave paintings contain mankind's earliest attempts at multi-frame, animation-style motion.

    He's taken some images from the caves in Lascaux and sequenced them appropriately, and the effect is actually pretty convincing.Here's a brief demonstration as posted today byThe New Scientist.



    But Azema isn't just presenting his findings now. These clips are actually excerpted from a longer video posted almost two years ago - possibly longer, in the first case. That's below, as well as another clip from the same youtube account. That one shows a slightly more recent attempt to animate.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM7gRh41pBA[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDqgrjG1Tv4[/youtube]

    Azéma's book on prehistoric proto-cinema sadly seems to be out of print. To the local lending library I go...

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    I was reading about this in the last issue of New Scientist. Coincidentally, I was reading Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics the other day and in the beginning he posits cave paintings as an early form of sequential art with words, ie. comics.
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