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& # 39; S World's oldest URL fragments 73000 years old – discovered in cave

& # 39; S World's oldest URL fragments 73000 years old – discovered in cave

Is it a hashtag? Is it a web address? Is it art? You have to draw a line somewhere

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Rock, my world, says the old man … Image credit: C. Foster

pics Scientists have discovered, hidden in a cave in South Africa, the oldest drawing to date, made around 73,000 years ago. And it looks suspiciously like a worldwide web address.

The drawing consists of red sloppy lines arranged in a hatch pattern on a boulder, some markings are horizontal, others are in angles such as forward and backward slashes. The art is all very minimalistic, abstract and open to interpretation – some journalists have even described it as the world's first hashtag.

Pfft, what do they know? Here on the El Reg archeology office, the scribbles for us learned to see vultures // w – the first traces of humanity http: // www ... URL noted for the first time.

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