The French government is taking emergency action to rescue the celebrated cave paintings of the Lascaux caverns from a fungus.There's still no agreement on what caused the 'outbreak' but the report suggests that the ventilation system may be the most likely culprit.
Archeological experts have begun applying a fungicide to halt the spread of grey and black mould in the caverns, dubbed the Sistine Chapel of prehistory.
It's great action has been take so promptly. Unfortunately, there's also a scientific cost:
One of the projects to be halted by the emergency treatment is a survey that was to make a three-dimensional digital record of every painting in the caverns.