The earliest discovered traces of art are beads and carvings , and then paintings , from sites dating back to the Upper Paleolithic period. We might expect that early artistic efforts would be crude , but the cave paintings of Spain and southern France show a marked degree of skill . So do the naturalistic paintings on slabs of stone excavated In southern Africa . Some of those slabs appear to have been painted as much as 28,000 years ago , which suggests that painting in Africa is as old as painting in Europe. But painting may be even older than that . The early Australians may have painted on the walls of shelters and cliff faces at least 30 , 000 years ago , and maybe as much as 60,000 years ago.
2. Paragraph 1 supports which of the following statements about painting in Europe ?
A It is much older than painting in Australia
B It is as much as 28,000 ears old
C It is not as old as painting in southern Africa .
D It is much more than 30,000 years old.