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Pillans, who studies the Burrup rock engravings, describes the giant bird painting on the Arnhem Land plateau as a "hint of older rock art".
Some researchers say the creature looks like Genyornis which is believed to have gone extinct at least 40,000 years ago.
"The people who drew that animal could only have seen it more than 40,000 years ago," says Pillans.
David emphasises it is still uncertain whether the bird is actually a Genyornis and points instead to ochre crayons that date to around 50,000 years ago.
Indeed, he says, the richest collections of rock art in the Kimberley, Arnhem Land, Cape York Peninsula, are on sandstone.
Take the ochre painting of a giant emu-like bird found on the Arnhem Land plateau, which some believe could be 40,000 years old — as old as the paintings in Spain and Indonesia.
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