Australian Cave Paintings

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Australian Cave Paintings

Significant early cave paintings have also been found in Kakadu National Park in Australia.

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Australian Cave Paintings

The park has a large collection of ochre paintings.

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Australian Cave Paintings

Ochre is a not an organic material, so carbon dating of these pictures is impossible.

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Australian Cave Paintings

Sometimes the approximate date, or at least, an epoch, can be guessed from the content.

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Australian Cave Paintings

A red ochre painting discovered at the centre of the Arnhem Land plateau about two years ago depicts two emu-like birds with their necks outstretched.They have been identified by a palaeontologist as depicting the megafauna species Genyornis.The giant birds were thought to have become extinct more than 40,000 years ago but this may suggest that they existed later than that.

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