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“Sistine Chapel Of The Ancients” Is Discovered In A Remote Amazon Rainforest

When it feels like we know the world around us all too well, and there are few things that can surprise us, the wonders of history and nature prove us wrong. Just recently, the British-Colombian team of archaeologists led by José Iriarte announced the bombshell news.

Tens of thousands of cave paintings created up to 12,500 years ago were discovered in Serranía La Lindosa, in the remote Amazon rainforest. Painted across a cliff, the rock art stretches to nearly 8 miles.

According to the statement, these are drawings of deer, tapirs, alligators, bats, monkeys, turtles, serpents, and porcupines, as well as Ice Age megafauna. Among depictions, 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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Scientists say the paintings were made around 11,800 to 12,500 years ago

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There are drawings of deer, tapirs, alligators, bats, monkeys, turtles, serpents, and porcupines, as well as what appears to be Ice Age megafauna

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Although the discovery was made about a year ago, the drawings were first unveiled for an upcoming documentary series by Channel 4

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Image credits: Arte Rupestre Guaviare, Colombia

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