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Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, studied rock art at UNESCO World Heritage Sites Jubbah and Shuwaymis in Saudi Arabia.
- Engravings include images of animals previously not known to live in this area
- Experts believe it would have been a haven for animal life until 6,000 years ago
- Drawings include images of rare antelope, aurochs, wild camels and asses
Ancient rock art discovered in Saudi Arabia shows more than 6,600 depictions of wildlife – proving the area was home to a vast range of creatures in prehistoric times.
The engravings, some of which date back to 8,000BC, include images of rare antelope, aurochs, wild camels and African asses, previously not known to live in this area.
Although the area is now a rocky desert, experts believe it would have been a haven for plant and animal life up until 6,000 years ago.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, studied rock art at UNESCO World Heritage Sites Jubbah and Shuwaymis.
Most of what we know about the natural history of the Arabian Peninsula comes from skeletal remains, however, these are few and far between in the vast dust plains of present-day Saudi Arabia. Thankfully, a bunch of ancient hunters left some clues about the prehistoric animals roaming over their homeland, hidden in their rock art.
Archaeologists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany have recently been busy studying the thousands of ancient artworks at Jubbah and Shuwaymis, a UNESCO world heritage rock art site in Ha’il province, north-western Saudi Arabia. Some of the rock art at this site is thought to be around 10,000 years old and spans through the middle and early Holocene.
The new study of the site can be found in the Journal of Biogeography.
Looking through the 6,618 individual animal depictions, the researchers saw an animal that bore an uncanny likeness to the lesser kudu, a large antelope with amazing spiraled horns and distinctive vertical stripes.