Art Stirs Uproar Down Under

Science  04 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5284, pp. 33-34
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5284.33


A team of Australian scientists has shaken up the anthropological community by claiming that a rock-art site from the Australian outback, including thousands of circles engraved on boulders, may be more than 100,000 years old. Many anthropologists think modern humans were confined to Africa at that time, so these dates--if verified--would force a rethinking of human history. But many researchers remain skeptical of the dating, which was done with a relatively new method.