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Archaeologists have discovered world's oldest animal cave painting

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The warty pig painting was found in a cave in Indonesia and is thought to be at least 45,500 years old

Deep within a cave in central Indonesia, archaeologists have discovered a wild pig painting created, they say, at least 45,500 years ago. It is now claimed to be the oldest known animal painting in the world.

The life-size work, painted in red ochre pigment and measuring 136cm by 54cm, was identified as depicting a Sulawesi warty pig. It was uncovered in the Leang Tedongnge cave in a remote valley on the island of Sulawesi by Adam Brumm and his team from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, who published their findings in Science Advances journal last year.

Pic: The pig painting at Leang Tedongnge cave, Sulawesi © A. A. Oktaviana, ARKENAS/Griffith University.

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