Prehistoric cave artwork has always been credited as the genius of cave men. Scientist have always believed these artistic visions were created by male hands.

But after more than 25,000 years, a recent study found that prehistoric female artists might have played an even bigger role to help create famous cave murals.

An archeologist from Pennysylvania State University who re-analyzed the hand stencils inside the Pech Marle and Gargas caves in France said that "even a superficial examination of published photos suggested to me that there were lots of female hands there."

Professor Dean Snow discussed with National Geographic magazine of his findings in the French caves in the El Castollo cave in Spain.

Snow compared proportions to modern hands, and assessed the handprints in the artwork. His findings suggest the woman's role in prehistoric society was much greater than previously thought. All caves seemed to present similar suggestions that women were involved.

"We don't know what the role of artists were in the Upper Paleolithic society (roughtly 20,000 to 40,000 years ago) generally, but it is a step forward to be able to say that a strong majority of them were women," Snow says.

[via DailyMail]