article The oldest images ever taken, taken more than 13,000 years ago, are now freely available on the web.
And they show a picture of a woman holding a baby on the shoulder of another woman.
The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia.
It was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.
“It’s remarkable that we still have this type of information, particularly in the form of digital images,” says lead author Peter D’Alessandro, who led the study.
“You would expect this kind of information to have disappeared with the advent of the internet.
The image is in a box on a shelf, and you don’t have to look very far to see it.”
The images, from the late Neolithic Period (11,000-1,500 BC) were made by combining a series of tiny images of women holding baby images.
They’re still in a museum in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
But researchers had no idea how long the images had been around, and had no clue whether they were in a library or on the Internet.
“If the images are in a computer, they would be out there in the open,” says D’Anlessandro.
“It’s almost like a museum artifact.”
What they found was a collection of 3,000 images, all of which were in the same format as the older images.
The researchers scanned the images, looking for the exact same colours as the ones on the shelf.
The images were also scanned and converted into a 3D format.
When they looked at the 3D images, they were able to make out details that would be impossible to see using the older photographs.
“The colours are actually very, very similar,” says co-author Dr Tim Wark, from Australian National University.
“They’re very much like the same colours in the pictures that we see in the museum.”
The scientists then used the software to compare the new images to the older ones.
The older photos showed some differences, such as smaller dots in the hair, and were darker.
But the new image had none of these, and they were all the same.
“This is an amazing discovery,” says Wark.
“The oldest photographs ever taken were back on this site.
It’s one of the first sites we’ve found where you can see what people were looking at.”
And there’s a good reason for that.
“They were looking to the future,” says Dr John Hughes, from University of Sydney.
“We’re used to seeing what’s coming down the pipe and it’s pretty much what we’re seeing here.”
The researchers say that this discovery could lead to a new way of digitising images from archaeological sites.
“These pictures will give us a way to look at archaeological sites and see what they looked like in the past,” says Hughes.