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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 06:05 AM

'Sistine Chapel of the ancients' rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest

Dalya Alberge
Sun 29 Nov 2020 05.00 EST

Tens of thousands of ice age paintings across a cliff face shed light on people and animals from 12,500 years ago


One of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in the Amazonian rainforest.

Hailed as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia.

Their date is based partly on their depictions of now-extinct ice age animals, such as the mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant that hasn’t roamed South America for at least 12,000 years. There are also images of the palaeolama, an extinct camelid, as well as giant sloths and ice age horses.

These animals were all seen and painted by some of the very first humans ever to reach the Amazon. Their pictures give a glimpse into a lost, ancient civilisation. Such is the sheer scale of paintings that they will take generations to study.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/29/sistine-chapel-of-the-ancients-rock-art-discovered-in-remote-amazon-forest






This video is from Colombia but I'm shoving it in here as it is beautiful!



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Judi Lynn Nov 2020 OP
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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 06:28 AM

1. Is that a cat ?

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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 06:45 AM

2. Is that a cat ?

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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 06:53 AM

3. Lovely. Thanks, Judi Lynn. ❤ nt

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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 07:40 AM

4. WOW!!!

Amazing. Thanks, Judi.

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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 07:43 AM

5. Incredibly amazing

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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 08:47 AM

6. Some of the drawings look like they were done by Gary Larson

See? People haven't really changed in all this time. I wonder of any of these were supposed to be humorous. Thanks for posting!

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Mon Nov 30, 2020, 10:25 AM

7. Fascinating. Thank you for sharing this.

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