Archaeologists discovered a giant cat ‘geoglyph’ etched into a side of a hill in Peru and experts say it dates back to 200 B.C. to 100 B.C.
The enormous cat stretches 40 yards (36.5 meters) and was found at the historic Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Nazca Lines are a collection of very long geoglyphs made in the soil of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. They were formed between 500 BCE and 500 CE by people making cavities or shallow incisions in the desert floor, taking the pebbles off and leaving differently colored dirt revealed to make the lines.
According to The New York Times:
The designs were believed to have been created when ancient Peruvians scraped off a dark and rocky layer of earth, which contrasts with lighter-colored sand underneath. Researchers believe that the figures once served as travel markers.
Drone photography has led to several discoveries in recent years. In 2019, researchers from Japan, aided by satellite photography and three-dimensional imaging, unearthed more than 140 new geoglyphs at the site. [source]