Rare prehistoric cave art (photo on right) have been found under a San Francisco BART subway in the Mission District by construction workers doing maintenance work. Just a few steps away, they found a worn fossil tooth.

The workers immediately notified Stanford University’s Anthropology Department of their find. Using the latest radiometric dating methods, it was determined that this cave art and the tooth were over 3 million years old. Scientists are also sure that the tooth belonged to a prehistoric hominid. If this dating is confirmed, this hominid and his art will be a contemporary of Lucy, who was found in Ethiopia.

Anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians and social scientists agree that the cave art portray the struggle of a man who sought sanctuary in this place from other hominids in the area. A professor at the Psychology Department of the University of San Francisco theorizes, “From this art, this hominid might have been suffering from “post-immigration stress syndrome” due to other hominids hunting him down.”

Another scientist disagrees, saying that the man was suffering from “housing disadvantaged stress syndrome.” But another anthropologist says that this man is what all scientists have been waiting for: the long-sought for missing link.

As of press time, scientists are debating whether to name this man “San Francisco Man” or “Sanctuary Man.”

Three-million-year-old cave art and tooth found in San Francisco
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