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Archaeologists have discovered in the depths of many kilometers of Indonesian cave on the island of Borneo (Kalimantan) is an ancient cave drawing of an animal — a bull. Age of painting reaches 40 thousand years, making it older than similar finds in France and Spain. The circumstances of its occurrence remain unknown. About it reported in a press release on Phys.org.
It was believed that the first cave drawings of animals appeared in Europe, however, the discovery indicates that the images of figures appeared in different regions of the globe at one and the same time. 40 thousand years ago, Borneo was connected with the mainland Southeast Asia, and drawings in caves began to appear when people began to explore the territory of modern Europe. The earliest examples of cave painting in the French cave of Chauvet was made only 37-33,5 thousand years ago.
Archaeologists also found more recent outlines of human hands and images of people, caused the red and purple colors. The age of human figures is estimated at 14 thousand years, and the contours of the palms — 20 thousand years ago. It remains unknown whether the tradition of drawing animals and people with new waves of migration from Africa or evolved in Europe and Asia independently. The earliest examples of cave painting, whose age reaches 73 thousand years were found in Africa and consisted of abstract paintings, for example, the patterns of intersecting lines.
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