|X-ray like Crocodile image from Madhya Pradesh state|
Numerous prehistoric cave paintings have been found in central part of the Indian subcontinent dating back 5000+ years. Researcher K Ramakrishna Reddy now wants to add Akkampalli caves near Kurnool to the list. The cave paintings are probably dated back 7000 years. The most interesting paintings in these caves are of life size crocodiles. Drawings of crocodiles in this part of India, away from any water bodies is a surprise. Crocodiles images here have been painted with care to details including scales, nails, legs and jaw. Two other prominent cave sites near Kurnool contain several hundred rock paintings.
Crocodile is a recurring theme in Indian rock paintings. The most interesting image illustrates the internal organs of a crocodile as if it is an X-ray image. The image has been archived by Archeologist Bradshaw on his website. These paintings not only point out to the keen interest which prehistoric folk took in the study of animals but that these folks were spread out over wide geography and over a span of several eras. The geography with rock art are today occupied by the tribals of India. For the past two centuries tribals had been considered to be the aboriginals of India. Gene pool statistics surveys in the past decade, especially in Andhra Pradesh are showing that the tribals share their genes with towns folk.
|Modern Indians have a mix of ASI/ANI genes|
Cave painters likel were the contemporaries of city planners who created well planned townships like Dholavira some 6000 years ago. Gene pool surveys corroborate this idea based on the fact that modern day Indians carry genes from ASI (Ancestral South Indian) and ANI (Ancestral North Indian). ASI contribution could be from the cave painters and ANI from the city planners. Not only this but a Penn College of Medicine report points the location of the white skinned European gene mutation to the Ancestral gene pool close to the Indian subcontinent. Linguists are scrambling to fit the century old theory of the propagation of Indo-European languages to early indications from the field of archeogenetics.