The world's oldest human drawing is a hashtag-like doodle

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The world's oldest human drawing is a hashtag-like doodle

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Scientists have come across what they claim to be the earliest-known human drawing in South Africa.

The etching, reminiscent of a hashtag, was drawn with an ochre crayon on silcrete rock, and was discovered in Blombos Cave, which is located 300 kilometres (186 miles) west of Cape Town. It's estimated to be 73,000 years old, predating previously known abstract and figurative drawings by humans from Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia by at least 30,000 years.

The results of the discovery were published in the journal Nature by researchers from Europe and South Africa, including Francesco d’Errico, Karen L. van Niekerk, Laure Dayet, Alain Queffelec, and Luca Pollarolo.

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