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World’s oldest drawing of an animal found in cave in Borneo dating from 52,000 years ago

The world’s oldest painting of an animal has been discovered in Borneo, dating to 12,000 years before the earliest known examples in Europe.

Until now it was always assumed that figurative cave painting – depicting animals and people – originated in western Europe around 40,000 years ago, although the earliest abstract art has recently been found dating from 73,000 years ago in South Africa.

But now, researchers have found the earliest animal artwork in caves in remote mountains of East Kalimantan, an area which once joined the Eurasian landmass, which may 52,000 years old.


How the animals were originally depicted
How the animals were originally depicted

It depicts creatures with horns, maybe wild cows or bison which roamed the area during the last Ice Age.

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