World’s ‘oldest figurative painting’ discovered in Borneo cave

New analysis suggests the animal drawings are at least 40,000 years old, say scientistsA patchy, weathered painting of a beast daubed on the wall of a limestone cave in Borneo may be the oldest known example of figurative rock art, say researchers who dated the work.Faded and fractured, the reddish-orange image depicts a plump but slender-legged animal, probably a species of wild cattle that still lives on the island, or simply dinner in the eyes of the artist, if one streak of ochre that resembles a spear protruding from its flank is any guide. Continue reading…

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