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Oldest-known Australian rock art is 17,300-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley, wasp nests show

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As far as Australian icons go, it’s hard to look past the kangaroo. Now it turns out the quintessential macropod is also the subject of Australia’s oldest-known rock painting.

The 17,300-year-old roo, portrayed in dark mulberry paint on the ceiling of a rock shelter in the Kimberley, is one of a suite of animal depictions — and the odd…



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