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The Higgs Bison: Mystery species hidden in cave art

Courtesy Carole Fritz

Courtesy Carole Fritz

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE—Ancient DNA research has revealed that Ice Age cave artists recorded a previously unknown hybrid species of bison and cattle in great detail on cave walls more than 15,000 years ago.

“Finding that a hybridization event led to a completely new species was a real surprise – as this isn’t really meant to happen in mammals,” says study leader Professor Alan Cooper, ACAD Director. “The genetic signals from the ancient bison bones were very odd, but we weren’t quite sure a species really existed – so we referred to it as the Higgs Bison.” Read more

Australias indigenous rock art revealed by researchers

indigenous rockart in australias kimberley region

Over 30’000 rock art depictions have been documented. Picture: The Guardian

A world-first survey of more than 250 rock art sites in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has documented more than 30,000 images and will help researchers answer some of the biggest questions about human migration. The sites feature a number of the haunting, elongated human forms known as Gwion figures. Read more Picture-Gallery (The Guardian)