Arts, Scientists Discover Kangaroo Painted More Than 17, 000 Years Ago İs Australia's Oldest Rock Painting - Cnn

Arts, Scientists Discover Kangaroo Painted More Than 17

Kangaroo painted over 17,000 years ago is Australia's oldest known rock art, scientists say

The kangaroo painting is Australia's oldest known example of rock art, according to scientists.

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A painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia is the oldest known rock art in the country, according to scientists, who say radiocarbon-dating analysis shows it was created more than 17,000 years ago.

The kangaroo painting is Australia's oldest known example of rock art, according to scientists.

Peter Veth, Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, Pauline Heaney, Damien FinchWritten byJessie Yeung, CNNA painting of a kangaroo in Western Australia is the oldest known rock art in the country, according to scientists, who say radiocarbon-dating analysis shows it was created more than 17,000 years ago.

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The kangaroo depiction was among a number of rock paintings first recorded by researchers in the 1990s in the Kimberley region, which holds one of the world's largest collections of indigenous rock art. Scientists at several universities and research agencies worked with local indigenous leaders to analyze the paintings, with their findings published Monday in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.

Art painted on rocks are some of the earliest recorded attempts at human communication, with some of thefound in Sulawesi, Indonesia. However, it has proven a challenge to date paintings older than 6,000 years, since organic material in the paint pigment -- which is crucial for radiocarbon dating -- is hard to find. headtopics.com

So instead, the Australian team usedA rare depiction of a human figure from the oldest style of painting in Kimberley.Credit:Pauline Heaney and Damien FinchThey found the remains of 27 ancient mud wasp nests -- which can be radiocarbon dated -- above and below 16 different rock paintings, according to the paper.

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