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Cave painting depicts world's oldest cryptid

By T.K. Randall
December 13, 2019 · Comment icon 17 comments

Therianthropes are part human, part animal. Image Credit: YouTube / Griffith University
A cave painting dating back 44,000 years shows the earliest known depiction of a supernatural creature.
Mythical creatures have been an important part of human culture for thousands of years and this most recently discovered example is thought to be the oldest yet.

Situated in a cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the 44,000-year-old drawing depicts a creature known as a therianthrope - a hybrid that is part human and part animal.

It was discovered by palaeontologists at Griffith University in Australia who dated the artwork by measuring the radioactive decay of uranium within mineral deposits on the cave wall.
"The images of therianthropes at [rock art site] Leang Bulu' Sipong 4 may also represent the earliest evidence for our capacity to conceive of things that do not exist in the natural world, a basic concept that underpins modern religion," said study co-leader Maxime Aubert.

Previously, the oldest known therianthrope depiction was Germany's 40,000-year-old 'Lion Man'.

"All of the major components of a highly advanced artistic culture were present in Sulawesi by 44,000 years ago, including figurative art, scenes, and therianthropes," said Aubert.

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Where do you get the idea that ancients didn't have the capacity for imagination?  That is crazy talk or ignorant.  Where do you think the explanations for the things they didn't understand came from, from imagination.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Chaldon 3 years ago
Do you know what trolling is?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Yes, but I am literal minded and don't always get jokes unless I can see someone's face.  I get it now.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
Therianthropy. Then: Sacred practices depicting and honoring nature, animals, spirits, and the hunt. Now: Furry fetish fan art. Humans...SMH...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Robotic Jew 3 years ago
Just a bit of smartbuttery my friend. 
Comment icon #13 Posted by The Eternal Flame 3 years ago
Yeah right?  hahaha
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker 3 years ago
They're talking about the little figures to the right. One has a tail and one supposedly has a bird like head.  
Comment icon #15 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
Most certainly not a plesiosaur or a giganto.
Comment icon #16 Posted by jbondo 3 years ago
Early human high school students in art class translated into English: Gak: "Hey Ugg, what are you painting?" Ugg: 'I don't know. I though it would be cool to paint the body of an animal with the head of Mr Groog." Gak: "Better not let him catch you dude. You'll get detention and have to sweep out the entire school cave. That does look like him though, LOL! No wonder he's never seen dragging a woman by the hair" Mr Groog: "Hey! Who's using early forms of language over there?!" Gak: "Not us Mr Groog! We're working on our projects. Although, i did see a sabre toothed cat killing a student at the... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Desertrat56 10 months ago

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