Grauman's Chinese Theatre handprints

A large collection of celebrity handprints is available at Hollywood Boulevard in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Since 1927 this theatre has been drawing crowds in Hollywood with their unusual handprint collection. Over four million tourists flock to the location each year. The Walk of Fame stars passes right in front (see the first photo below), and the famed forecourt features handprints from stars ranging from Sophia Loren (see photo above) and Doris Day (see 2nd photo below) to Brad Pitt & Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just be prepared to rub elbows with other onlookers, as the entrance can get awfully crowded.

STARS INCLUDED (1927-2010):

– A few of the males are: Nicolas Cage, George Clooney, Sean Connery (James Bond), Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Eddie Murphy, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington, and so many more;

– A few of the females are: Julie Andrews, Cher, Doris Day, Rhonda Fleming, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherry Lansing, Sophia Loren, Ali McGraw, Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, Susan Saradon, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Watson, and so many more.

An overview of the 200+ stars is available at Wikipedia.

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Doris Day’s handprint was made in 1961.


A hand axe is a prehistoric cutting tool.

Nature reports a true milestone in the evolution of human kind!

After a report earlier this year in National Geographic about the oldest prehistoric handprints in French and Spanish cave walls, researchers have reported this month in Nature found that human ancestors living in what is now Spain fashioned double-edged stone cutting tools as early as 900,000 years ago, almost twice as long ago as previous estimates for this technological achievement in Europe!

If confirmed, the new dates support the idea that the manufacture and use of teardrop-shaped stone implements, known as hand axes, spread rapidly from Africa into Europe and Asia beginning roughly 1 million years ago, say geologist Gary Scott and paleontologist Luis Gibert, both of the Berkeley Geochronology Center in California.

Josep Gibert, Luis Gibert y el científico Gary Scott.

A summary quote from the Nature report:

“Stone tools are durable reminders of the activities, skills and customs of early humans, and have distinctive morphologies that reflect the development of technological skills during the Pleistocene epoch.

In Africa, large cutting tools (hand-axes and bifacial chopping tools) became part of Palaeolithic technology during the Early Pleistocene (1.5 Myr ago). However, in Europe this change had not been documented until the Middle Pleistocene (<0.5 Myr ago).

Here we report dates for two western Mediterranean hand-axe sites that are nearly twice the age of the supposed earliest Acheulian in western Europe. Palaeomagnetic analysis of these two sites in southeastern Spain found reverse polarity magnetozones, showing that hand-axes were already in Europe as early as 0.9 Myr ago. This expanded antiquity for European hand-axe culture supports a wide geographic distribution of Palaeolithic bifacial technology outside of Africa during the Early Pleistocene.”

A neolithic hand axis - frontview (8000 B.C. - 5000 B.C.) found in the Sahara, North Africa.A neolithic hand axis - sideview (8000 B.C. - 5000 B.C.) found in the Sahara, North Africa.

Evolutionary hand analysis!
Handprints indicate: ‘European cave artists were female’!

The world's oldest hand print was found in the Chauvet cave in France.

Take a look at the world’s oldest handprint!

The Chauvet cave in the south-east of France contains the oldest known cave paintings in the world. The most common themes in cave paintings are large wild animals, such as bison, horses, aurochs, and deer… and tracings of human hands!

Interestingly, the Chauvet cave is also known for containing the world’s oldest handprint: see the picture above. Looking at the details: the short pointer finger and the very long ring finger + pinky indicate that like this is the handprint of a male person.

The largest collection of cave handprints is found in another French cave: the ‘Gargas cave‘ in the French Pyrenees – which has become know as the ‘cave with the missing fingers’. For, many of the 231 handprints in this cave have one or more missing fingers (see the picture below) – likely this was the result of some sort of ‘sign language’ of hand gestures.

“The handprint to the right is a cave painting drawn 32,000 years ago and is the oldest portrait of man. On the walls of Chauvet Cave in southern France, the artist used the technology of his day, tinted charcoal dust blown through a straw, to create a simple, yet powerful icon of human-ness. This image captures the essence of human-centered computing. Much like the Paleolithic beings, we still use technology to relate to, understand and depict the world around us, still trying to say “I am here. I am human.”

Sign language from the Gargas cave: one of more fingers are often missing.

In 2007 a ‘wall of celebrity handprints‘ was created in the US – the hand prints were sold afterwards for charity; and in the same year the book ‘celebrity handprints‘ was published – including the hand prints of a few dozens of UK celebrities.

Evolutionary hand analysis!
Males vs. Females: sexe differences in the hand!

The cave art mural 'spotted horses' in the Pech-Merle in France is featured with 6 handprints.

Handprints indicate: many European cave artists were female!

So far most scientists have assumed that prehistoric handprints on cave walls were male. Archaeologist Dean Snow from Pennsylvania State University has recently described in National Geographic that the characteristics of many cave handprints indicate that there are lots of female hands among them!

For about as long as humans have created works of art, they’ve also left behind handprints. People began stenciling, painting, or chipping imprints of their hands onto rock walls at least 30,000 years ago. An illustrative example concerns the Cosquer Cave (Marseille, France), where 55 handprints have been found.

Hand proportions vary across populations – some illustrative examples are presented in this collection of celebrities handprints. To assess prehistoric handprints from Europe, Snow used modern hands for comparison. By measuring and analyzing the Pech Merle Cave (Cabrerets, France) hand stencils, Snow found that many were female.

Professor Dean Snow.

Professor of Archaeological Anthropology Dean Snow says:

“The very long ring finger on the left is a dead giveaway for male hands. The one on the right has a long index finger and a short pinky – thus very feminine.”

The left cave handprint has a long ring finger - which is typical for males; the right cave handprint with long index finger & short pinky - typical for females.

Evolutionary hand analysis!
Males vs. Females: sexe differences in the hand!