Humans May Have Been Shrooming for 9,000 Years

Analysis of cave paintings in Spain and Algeria has led some researchers to believe that human beings have been discovering the unified nature of consciousness for at least 6,000 years in Europe, and as many as 9,000 years elsewhere.

Based on what they think are depictions of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the Selva Pascuala mural in Spain, scientists Brian Akers and Gaston Guzman believe that our ancestors were having, like, major insights into what it means to be, man, as far back as 6,000 years. This would be the oldest evidence of humans completely freaking out because the ground is totally breathing yet found in Europe—but not the oldest worldwide. Another species of hallucinogenic mushroom is thought to be depicted on a mural in Algeria, which, if true, could mean ancient humans were aware that we are literally all made of stars, every single one of us, of fucking stars, dude, as many as 9,000 years ago.

[New Scientist; image via Shutterstock]