Lascaux caves threatened by microbes

The Lascaux caves in France, which host fabulous prehistoric art, are being threatened by harmful microorganisms again. The invading fungus, a member of the Fusarium family, was first spotted in June 2001 and has now spread to the floor, walls and parts of the caves' ceiling. Experts speculate that it may have gained entry via the dirty boots of workers

Published: Thursday 15 May 2003
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