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Scientists report Kimberley rock art in Australia at least 36,000 years ago

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Tinuku ~ Paintings claimed oldest rock art in Australia. Dating techniques applied to honeycomb showed minimum age 16,000 years. After three year project researchers found the most impressive results of graphic arts.

In large cave in Kimberley region of northwest Australia, ancient people painting on roof at least 16,000 years ago. Graphic creation in cave adds to evidence the argument rock art in Australia earlier pointing first settlers the continent.

Tinuku Scientists report Kimberley rock art in Australia at least 36,000 years ago

Tinuku.com Scientists report Kimberley rock art in Australia at least 36,000 years ago

This discovery joins the findings small number of drawings and paintings at about the same time or earlier. Some scientists have questioned accuracy dating. But the new work confirms previous findings. Scientists report in journal PLoS ONE.

Kimberley rock art works depict human-like paint to minimum about 16,400 years ago. Estimated minimum accuracy ranges from about 5,100 to 530 years in nine other parts rock art in Kimberley.

"Our results suggest at least some stages of art is very ancient time of lower sea levels. Continent was much larger and environmental more challenging. Perhaps the oldest art now submerged off coast," said June Ross, an archaeologist at the University of New England in New South Wales.

The first man reached Australia about 50,000 years ago. Researchers generally consider continental invaders brought rock art traditions of Asia. In southeastern Australia a cave site featuring claw mark marsupial about 50,000 years ago appears above sign pigmented human finger.

Team focused radiocarbon dating of sand grains found in bee hives confirms minimum age of 16,000 years. Mineral deposits partially covering the hand stencils on Maros cave sites Sulawesi, Indonesia, about 40,000 years old.

www.Tinuku.com Scientists report Kimberley rock art in Australia at least 36,000 years ago

Tinuku Scientists report Kimberley rock art in Australia at least 36,000 years ago

Tinuku.com Scientists report Kimberley rock art in Australia at least 36,000 years ago

Researchers have known for decades display curved wall of a cave in southern Australia coated pigment made by human fingers must be older than 15,000 years. The new timeline in Sulawesi and proof of northwest Kimberley indicate advanced artistic skills settled along the north coast as early as 36,000 years ago.

The results of trials different dating techniques confirm the origin rock art is indeed ancient and providing evidence after last ice age. Dating light sensitive method was applied to grains of sand in honeycomb as time capsule.

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