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Tens of thousands of rock paintings from 12,500 ya discovered in Colombia


Including paintings of now-extinct animals:

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.

The discovery was made last year, but has been kept secret until now as it was filmed for a major Channel 4 series to be screened in December: Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon. …

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 horse hair. It’s fascinating.”

Dalya Alberge, “‘Sistine Chapel of the ancients’ rock art discovered in remote Amazon forest” at The Guardian

Well, that’ll be the series to see in December.

This looks like an early look at some of it:

Peace = US decided to make war on its own people, and neglected its normal obligation to kill all South Americans. polistra

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