Archeologists have found numerous prehistoric cave paintings in the 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 date back 7000 years. However, the most interesting paintings in these caves are of life size crocodiles. Besides, Drawings of crocodiles in this part of India, away from any water bodies is a surprise. Crocodiles images show minute details such as scales, nails, legs and jaw. Two other prominent cave sites near Kurnool contain several hundred rock paintings.

Unique Cave Painting of a crocodile as if depicting an x-ray of its internal organs
hanpura-Gandhi Sagar, M.P India

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. Archeologist Bradshaw has archived the above image on his website. These paintings not point out to the keen interest which prehistoric folk took in the study of animals. Besides these folks occupied a wide geography and survived several eras. The geography with rock art are today occupied by the tribals of India. Historians classify tribals as the aboriginals of India. However, recent Gene pool statistics surveys in the past decade show otherwise. For example, the analysis of the population of the state of Andhra Pradesh shows that the tribals share their genes with towns folk. The Indian Gene Pool is a mixture.

India’s Genepool

Cave painters were the contemporaries of city planners. Certainly, the city planners created well planned townships like Dholavira some 6000 years ago. However, the cave dwellers were no less intelligent. Gene pool surveys corroborate this idea. According to them, modern day Indians carry genes from ASI (Ancestral South Indian) and ANI (Ancestral North Indian). Was the ASI contribution from the cave painters? and ANI from the city planners? In addition, but a Penn College of Medicine report suggest that white skinned European gene mutation was likely from the Ancestral gene pool close of the Indian subcontinent. Because of this, Linguists are scrambling to hold onto of the propagation of Indo-European languages to early indications from the field of archaeogenetics.

Between 4,000 and 2,000 years ago, intermarriage in India was rampant. Figure by Thangaraj Kumarasamy
Modern Indians have a mix of ASI/ANI genes

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