* It is a cave painting of at least 44 thousand years that includes figurative art, scenes and teriántropos
Mexico, December 14 (Notimex) .— Archaeologists from the University of Griffith, in Australia, discovered the oldest hunting scene in the world known so far in a cave painting at least 44 thousand years old. The research describes the painting found on Celebes Island, Indonesia, as a group of abstract figures that combine human and animal characteristics, known as "teriántropos", that hunt large mammals with spears and ropes. The representation of hunters through these anthropomorphic figures – experts Maxime Aubert and Adam Brumm said – may be the oldest proof of our species' ability to imagine "the existence of supernatural beings, the cornerstone of religious experience ". So far, the oldest recognizable images of humans and animals interacting corresponded to the rock art discovered in Europe from the Upper Paleolithic, with an age between 14 thousand and 21 thousand years. The research team found these paintings in the cave "Leang Bulu 'Sipong 4", discovered in 2017 in a karst region of limestone in Sulawesi. "Rock painting suggests that there was no gradual evolution of Paleolithic art from the simplest to the most complex 35 thousand years ago, at least not in Southeast Asia," said Aubert, adding that "the great components of a culture Advanced artistic were present in Celebes 44 thousand years ago, including figurative art, scenes and teriántropos ". According to the study, published in the journal Nature and in several digital media, at least eight human figures and six animals, two pigs and four dwarf buffaloes, which were made with red pigments, appear in the painting. Same stylistic technique. The teriántropos are drawn with simple and very stylized strokes, with elongated faces that evoke muzzles and muzzles and other characteristics of birds, reptiles and other animals in the area.