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Australia’s oldest rock painting is an anatomically accurate kangaroo –

An unusual dating method revealed the painting’s age.



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A nearly-life-size depiction of a kangaroo
realistic genitalia included is the oldest known rock painting in Australia. Scientists recently pinpointed its age to 17,300 years ago with a technique that had never been used on Australian ancient art before: measuring radioactive carbon
in wasp nests from rocks near the artwork. 
The kangaroo painting extends across the ceiling of a rock shelter and spans nearly 7 feet (2 meters), which is roughly the height of a modern kangaroo. This and other paintings…

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