Until now, paintings this old had been confirmed in caves only in Western Europe.
The journal Nature reported the Indonesian discovery transforms ideas about how humans first developed the ability to produce art. A contributing researcher said the minimum age for the outline of the hand is 39,900 years old, which makes it the oldest hand stencil in the world.
The first evidence of ancient cave art was in Spain and southern France, which prompted thoughts that art, and with it our humanity, began in Europe. But a professor from the Natural History Museum in London says the discovery of paintings of a similar age in Indonesia shatters this view.
The discovery of 40,000-year-old cave paintings at opposite ends of the globe suggests the ability occurred at about the same time worldwide.
The Indonesian cave art shows the beginnings of human intelligence as we understand it today. Two examples of modern art below.
Art, one of the key ways to express abstract theories, lifted us out of a basic animal to that of a human being.
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