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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

28,000 and Counting

Author: Guest Writer/Monday, June 18, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

Australian archeologists have discovered panels of Aboriginal art work created 28,000 years ago. The date was determined by radio-carbon dating. The cave contains thousands of images in the Northern Territory rock shelter known as Nawarla Gabarnmang. The cave where the paintings were found may have had been occupied for 45,000 years in the far Australian outback of Arnhemland. The amazing findings will be published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Discoverer Bryce Barker from the University of Southern Queensland said: "It's the oldest unequivocally dated rock-art in Australia" and is among the oldest in the world.

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Australian Aboriginal Cave Paintings

(credit: Bryce Barker)

The desire to depict the world using sophisticated metaphors continues to marvel, astound, and impress us 28,000 years later.

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