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A warty pig painted on a cave wall 45,500 years ago is the world's oldest depiction of an animal

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The world's oldest known figurative artwork has been discovered in a cave in Indonesia -- an endearing image of a warty pig.

Archaeologists working on the site on the island of Sulawesi said the cave art was at least 45,500 years old.

Cave art depicting a hunting scene dating to 43,900 years ago was also found in Sulawesi in late 2019.

While abstract art has been found in Africa dating back to 77,000 years ago, no figurative art older than those found on sites in Europe and Indonesia has been discovered on the African continent, Aubert said.

The date indicates the scene had been painted prior to 45,500 years ago, Aubert said, and the cave art could be much older.

A second Sulawesi warty pig image, from another cave in the region, was dated to at least 32,000 years ago using the same method in the study that published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday.

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