8 Miles Of Prehistoric Paintings With Rare Extinct Animals Discovered In Remote Amazonia

Prehistoric Paintings

The British-Colombian team of archaeologists led by José Iriarte revealed the incredible news.

Thousands and thousands of cave paintings made up to 12,500 years ago were discovered in Serranía La Lindosa, in the remote Amazon rainforest. Painted across a mountain, the rock art extends to nearly 8 miles.

According to the statement, these are pictures of deer, tapirs, alligators, bats, monkeys, turtles, serpents, and porcupines, as well as Ice Age megafauna. Among paintings, you see mastodons, camelids, ungulates with trunks, and giant sloths, and they represent the native animals that have gone extinct.

Dr. Mark Robinson of the University of Exeter, who was part of the research team, stated: “These really are incredible images, produced by the earliest people to live in western Amazonia. It is unbelievable to us today to think they lived among, and hunted, giant herbivores, some which were the size of a small car.” Let that sink in for a bit, and scroll for the breathtaking images below.

The ancient rock art that stretches across an 8-mile wall was discovered in the Amazon rainforest

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The site is now being called as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients” was found last year, but has since been kept secret. It was originally filmed for the Channel 4 series “Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon” that will be aired in December. The documentary’s presenter Ella Al-Shamahi said that “The new site is so new, they haven’t even given it a name yet.”

Scientists say the paintings were made around 11,800 to 12,500 years ago

 

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The site was discovered by an international team of British and Colombian researchers. José Iriarte, professor of archaeology at Exeter University and expert on Amazon and pre-Colombian history, commented on the discovery: “When you’re there, your emotions flow … We’re talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It’s going to take generations to record them … Every turn you do, it’s a new wall of paintings.”

The drawings consists the paintings of deer, tapirs, alligators, bats, monkeys, turtles, serpents, and porcupines, as well as what appears to be Ice Age megafauna

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All the paintings are well-preserved and very detailed. “The pictures are so natural and so well-made that we have few doubts that you’re looking at a horse, for example. The ice-age horse had a wild, heavy face. It’s so detailed, we can even see the horsehair. It’s fascinating.”

Iriarte also said in a statement that this old art serves as striking evidence of how humans built the land, how they lived there, hunted, farmed, and fished. “It is likely art was a powerful part of the culture and a way for people to connect socially. The pictures show how people would have lived amongst giant, now extinct, animals, which they hunted,” he concluded.

The discovery was actually made about a year ago, the drawings were first revealed for an upcoming documentary series by Channel 4.

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