It could be wonderful find – a 40,000 year old rock art painting of an extinct giant bird
that “proves” humans were sharing Australia with this particular species of avian megafauna. Or maybe another species we haven’t discovered before. Or it could just be a poorly drawn emu (not extinct and thus not so exciting). Or if it is indeed the extinct bird (genyornis) then maybe it lived until more recently than we thought (and it’s not 40,000 years old rock art after all). OTOH it’s rock art, not cave art – it’s hard to imagine exposed art lasting 40,000 years.
So maybe it is – or maybe it isn’t.
Australian Archeologists find 40,000-year-old rock art | News.com.au
A ROCK art painting believed to depict a bird that became extinct 40,000 years ago was found in northern Australia, raising hopes it could be the oldest rock art painting found in the country.
The red ochre painting, which shows two tall birds vaguely similar to the emu, was found on a shallow rock shelter two years ago by an Aboriginal group documenting rock art sites in Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory.