World's oldest work of art found in a hidden Indonesian valley

Archaeologists discover a cave painting of a wild pig that is now the world's oldest dated work of representational art.

Credit: Maxime Aubert
  • Archaeologists find a cave painting of a wild pig that is at least 45,500 years old.
  • The painting is the earliest known work of representational art.
  • The discovery was made in a remote valley on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
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Pandemic resurrects old Australian border dispute

Victorians want to rectify 19th-century surveying error – and become South Australians.

Image: Google Earth & Ruland Kolen
  • A 19th-century surveying error created a complicated tripoint on the Murray River in eastern Australia.
  • Officially, the dispute about the zigzag border between South Australia and Victoria was settled in 1914.
  • COVID-19 is making life so difficult for the locals that now they want to switch sides again.
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A chunk of North America found sticking to Australia

Researchers find that an ancient chunk of North America is now a part of Australia, shedding light on Earth's first supercontinent Nuna.

Georgetown terrane, in green, joining Australia around 1.6 billion years ago during the formation of the supercontinent Nuna. Credit: Geology

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The Mystery of a Boy Who Lost the Vision Center of His Brain But Can Still See 7 Years Later

The case of a 7-year-old Australian boy who was supposed to lose sight at two weeks old but can still see has stunned scientists.

Credit: Inaki-Carril Mundinano, Juan Chen, Mitchell de Souza, Marc G. Sarossy, Marc F. Joanisse, Melvyn A. Goodale, James A. Bourne.

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Scientists Discover Octlantis, An Octopus City off the Coast of Australia

There’s a special reason these generally solo cephalopods have decided to cohabitate. 

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting an octopus’s garden like the Beatles song portrays, you might get your chance—if you visit Australia. Common Sydney Octopuses, also known as gloomy octopuses (Octopus tetricus​) were recently found cohabiting in Eastern Australia’s Jervis Bay, at a depth of 10-15m (30-45 ft.).

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