Old­est known an­i­mal draw­ing found in cave

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Sci­en­tists have found the old­est known ex­am­ple of an an­i­mal draw­ing: a red sil­hou­ette of a bull-like beast on the wall of a re­mote In­done­sian cave.

The sketch is at least 40,000 years old, slightly older than sim­i­lar an­i­mal paint­ings found in fa­mous caves in France and Spain.

The new find­ings fuel dis­cus­sions about whether his­tor­i­cal or evo­lu­tion­ary events prompted this near­si­mul­ta­ne­ous “burst of hu­man cre­ativ­ity,” said lead author Maxime Au­bert, an ar­chae­ol­o­gist and geo­chemist at Grif­fith Univer­sity in Aus­tralia.

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