Oldest cave painting in world suggests religion began in Indonesia not Europe

The roots of human religion and spirituality may have begun began on a small Indonesian island not Europe, the oldest cave paintings in the world suggest.

Archaeologists have discovered the earliest ever hunting scene dating from around 44,000 years ago which portrays a group of part-human, part-animal figures confronting large mammals with spears or ropes.

It is the oldest known rock art produced by humans ever found, and predates similar European hunting scenes found in France and Spain by more than 20,000 years.

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But the new scene goes further, showing figures known as ‘therianthropes’ which share both animal and human features.

The strange figures are depicted killing two pigs and four dwarf…

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