Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia

  title={Pleistocene cave art from Sulawesi, Indonesia},
  author={Maxime Aubert and Adam Brumm and M. Ramli and Thomas Sutikna and E. Wahyu Saptomo and Budianto Hakim and Michael J. Morwood and Gerrit D. van den Bergh and Lesley Kinsley and A. Dosseto},
Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the appearance in Europe ∼40–35 thousand years (kyr) ago of a rich corpus of sophisticated artworks, including parietal art (that is, paintings, drawings and engravings on immobile rock surfaces) and portable art (for example, carved figurines), and the absence or scarcity of equivalent, well-dated evidence elsewhere, especially along early human migration routes in South Asia and the Far East, including Wallacea and Australia, where modern humans (Homo… 

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