In Australia, a depiction of a kangaroo has been found, the age of which is estimated at 17,300 years, writes the BBC.
The nearly two-meter-old work of art was painted on the wall of a cave. Its age was estimated by carbon isotope study at 17,300 years.
it is believed to be the oldest known rock painting in Australia.
In the Kimberley region of Western Australia, by the way, paintings from indigenous people like this are relatively common, but none of them have been that old.
For carbon isotope dating, the wasp nests found in the work of art were examined. Three of these were under the painting and three were on its surface.
Examining these, scientists have concluded that the age of the painting can be between 17,100 and 17,500 years, and that it is most likely to be about 17,300 years old.
One of the scientists leading the research also pointed out that the kangaroo painting is also similar to the depictions found in the caves of the Indonesian archipelago. In early January, researchers also managed to determine the age of a new painting in this area, the island of Sulawesi, which is estimated to be 45,000 years old.
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