Archaeologists have unearthed the world's oldest painting of a wild pig in a cave in Indonesia. The painting was discovered in the Leang Tedongnge Cave in a remote valley on the island of Sulawesi, and may be one of the world's oldest known artifacts.
This painting is believed to have been made 45,000 years ago, providing evidence of the first human settlements on our planet. This painting is part of a series of imagery in which two hands are engraved on the back of a pig. It is painted using a deep ocher color with a pair of horn-like mustaches along the face.
According to the report, the painting has been measured from 36 cm to 54 cm. According to Maxime Aubert, co-author of the report in the journal Science Advances, as saying: "The people who made it were completely modern, they were just like us, they had the ability and skill to paint anything."
Earlier, the same team discovered a rock art painting on Sulawesi depicting different parts of humans, animal parts and a group of people hunting animals. It is estimated to be about 43,900 years old.
A hashtag-shaped doodle, estimated to be 73,000 years old, has also emerged in South Africa, believed to be one of the oldest known works of art.
Adam Broome, co-author of the report, said: "The pig in the picture is probably watching a fight or social interaction between two other pigs. He has found a collection of calcite on this painting, which was arranged on top of the uranium series isotope, indicating that it is at least 45,500 years old. "But it could be much older, because the date we're using only records the calcite above it," he said.
This discovery could be another remarkable discovery. Researchers say there is a possibility that they may find saliva on handprints on the wall. Its makers must have used saliva to stick their hands on this surface. The researchers are hopeful of extracting DNA samples from it for further research.
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