The find provides the earliest evidence of human settlement in the region, as the authors write in the journal “Science Advances”.
The image of the warthog (Sus celebensis) was discovered in 2017 on the island of Sulawesi in the Leang Tedongnge cave. This is located in a remote valley surrounded by steep limestone cliffs, about an hour’s walk from the next road.
The cave is only accessible during the dry season.
The life-size image of the Sulawesi warthog was painted with dark red ocher pigments and has a short crest of upright hair and a pair of horn-like facial warts that are characteristic of adult males of this species.
The re are also two handprints on the back of the pig as well as two pigs facing it, but only partially preserved.
Humans have hunted Sulawesi warthogs for tens of thousands of years. According to the study authors, they are an important element of the region’s prehistoric works of art, especially during the Ice Age. According to co-author Maxime Aubert, the painting could even be much older. “
The y were just like us, they had all the options and tools to create any painting they wanted, »added Aubert in an interview with the AFP news agency.