Ages for Australia's oldest rock paintings.

  title={Ages for Australia's oldest rock paintings.},
  author={Damien Finch and Andrew Gleadow and Janet M. Hergt and Pauline Heaney and Helen Green and Cecilia Myers and Peter Veth and Sam Harper and Sven Ouzman and Vladimir A. Levchenko},
  journal={Nature human behaviour},
Naturalistic depictions of animals are a common subject for the world's oldest dated rock art, including wild bovids in Indonesia and lions in France's Chauvet Cave. The oldest known Australian Aboriginal figurative rock paintings also commonly depict naturalistic animals but, until now, quantitative dating was lacking. Here, we present 27 radiocarbon dates on mud wasp nests that constrain the ages of 16 motifs from this earliest known phase of rock painting in the Australian Kimberley region… 
Micro‐stromatolitic laminations and the origins of engraved, oxalate‐rich accretions from Australian rock art shelters
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Australian Pleistocene rock art.


12,000-Year-old Aboriginal rock art from the Kimberley region, Western Australia
Radiocarbon-dated mud wasp nests provide a terminal Pleistocene age estimate for an Australian Aboriginal rock art style and support a hypothesis that these Gwion paintings were produced in a relatively narrow period around 12,000 years ago.
U-Series Dating of Paleolithic Art in 11 Caves in Spain
Dating of calcite crusts overlying art in Spanish caves shows that painting began more than 40,000 years ago, revealing either that cave art was a part of the cultural repertoire of the first anatomically modern humans in Europe or that perhaps Neandertals also engaged in painting caves.
Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia
It can now be demonstrated that humans were producing rock art by ∼40 kyr ago at opposite ends of the Pleistocene Eurasian world.
Into the Past: A Step Towards a Robust Kimberley Rock Art Chronology
The results demonstrate the inherent problems in relying solely on stylistic classifications to order rock art assemblages into temporal sequences and illustrate that the Holocene Kimberley rock art sequence is likely to be far more complex than generally accepted with different styles produced contemporaneously well into the last few millennia.
Luminescence dating of rock art and past environments using mud-wasp nests in northern Australia
Mud-nesting wasps are found in all of the main biogeographical regions of the world, and construct nests that become petrified after abandonment. Nests built by mud-dauber and potter wasps in rock
Palaeolithic cave art in Borneo
It is now evident that a major Palaeolithic cave art province existed in the eastern extremity of continental Eurasia and in adjacent Wallacea from at least 40 ka until the Last Glacial Maximum, which has implications for understanding how early rock art traditions emerged, developed and spread in Pleistocene Southeast Asia and further afield.
Earliest hunting scene in prehistoric art
An elaborate rock art panel from the limestone cave of Leang Bulu’ Sipong 4 (Sulawesi, Indonesia) that portrays several figures that appear to represent therianthropes hunting wild pigs and dwarf bovids is described, providing evidence of early storytelling through narrative hunting scenes.
The global implications of the early surviving rock art of greater Southeast Asia
The rock art of Southeast Asia has been less thoroughly studied than that of Europe or Australia, and it has generally been considered to be more recent in origin. New dating evidence from Mainland
Human occupation of northern Australia by 65,000 years ago
The results of new excavations conducted at Madjedbebe, a rock shelter in northern Australia, set a new minimum age of around 65,000 years ago for the arrival of humans in Australia, the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa, and the subsequent interactions ofmodern humans with Neanderthals and Denisovans.