Indonesian Cave Painting Could be World's Oldest Animal Artwork


An ancient drawing of a pig that was discovered in an Indonesian cave may be the world's oldest depiction of an animal. The artwork, which measures a whopping 4.5 by 1.8 feet, was reportedly first found back in 2017 by researchers studying prehistoric paintings in a remote cavern system located on the island of Sulawesi. Dating tests subsequently done on the drawing determined that it was created at least 45,500 years ago.

Assuming that the age of the painting is correct, it would constitute not only the world's oldest drawing of an animal, but also the most ancient figurative artwork ever found. The creature featured in the prehistoric piece is a warty pig native to the island that was presumably a prime target for hunters living there long ago. Experts analyzing the image theorize that its sizeable nature was meant to convey the importance of creatures in providing sustenance.

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