Earliest Figurative Art Tells Story of a Hunt in Indonesia 44,000 Years Ago

The part-human, part-animal hunters targeting pigs and bison look a lot like prehistoric European depictions of therianthropes, which some think attest to early shamanism

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The 44,000-year-old panel of drawings is not easy to spot.
Hunting scene panorama Credit: Adam Brumm / Ratno Sardi
Ruth Schuster
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Therianthrope: Human figure with bird-like headCredit: Ratno Sardi
Hunting scene panorama Credit: Adam Brumm / Ratno Sardi
The 44,000-year-old panel of drawings is not easy to spotCredit: Kim Newman
The archaeologists see a therianthropic human with a tail, say the researchersCredit: Ratno Sardi
Maxime Aubert, left, with Adam BrummCredit: Kinez Riza

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