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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 8:52 p.m. PST

"The image of a wild pig on a cave wall in Sulawesi, Indonesia, has been dated to 45,500 years ago, making it the oldest known cave art animal in the world. The life-sized Sulawesi warty pig (Sus celebensis) was painted in dark red ochre on the limestone wall of Leang Tedongnge cave. It was outlined in profile and filled in with lines and dashes. There are two hand stencils over its hindquarters.

The pig was able to be dated thanks to a coralloid speleothem, a tiny calcite deposit known as cave popcorn, on one of its hind legs. Researchers chiseled the calcite from the wall and conducted uranium-series isotope analysis on extracted samples. The results found the pig was at least 45,500 years old, and very likely older given the time it must have taken for the speleothem to form…"


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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2021 10:17 p.m. PST

There are the hands too. They appears on much more recent paintings too.
It makes you wonder if those are independent or linked over tens of thousands of years.
If linked, the continuity is amazing. And from France to Indonesia.

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