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A Treasure Trove Of Rock Artwork Depicting Extinct South American Megafauna Found In Amazon Forest

A analysis staff published the description of tens of thousands of ice age paintings, many apparently depicting extinct megafauna, found in a distant area of the Amazon forest. The work cowl virtually 8 miles (12 km) of a cliff face, making it one of many largest rock-art websites on the planet. The location of the invention, the Serranía La Lindosa, sits deep within the rebels-controlled Colombian rainforest. The invention by a British-Colombian staff of archaeologists was made final yr however has been stored secret till now because it was filmed for a documentary to be screened in December: Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon.

In response to a preliminary survey, there are a number of tens of 1000’s of pictures overlaying the rocks smoothed by fluvial erosion. The photographs embrace animals like fish, turtles, lizards and birds, in addition to folks dancing and holding fingers, amongst different scenes and summary symbols. One determine wears a masks resembling a chicken with a beak.

Based mostly on the interpretation of a few of the animals depicted as extinct ice-age species, a few of the rock-art appears to this point again from when components of the Amazon rainforest was nonetheless savannah. Potential ice-age megafauna species displayed within the pictographs embrace a giant ground sloth with its younger, a mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant, an early horse (Hippidion?) strolling alongside an unidentified camelid, perhaps of the genus Paleolama, and a long-necked, three-toed ungulate with a trunk, perhaps Xenorhinotherium or Macrauchenia. These animals had been all seen and painted by a few of the very first people ever to achieve the Amazon some 12,600 and 11,800 years in the past.

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