Ancient Amazon cave paintings show ‘giant Ice Age creatures’
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Thousands of ancient cave paintings have been discovered in the Amazon rainforest in Colombia, South America. It is one of the largest collections of rock art ever found in South America.
They were found on three rock shelters. The largest shelter alone, Cerro Azul, has drawings covering more than 4 km of its surface.
The paintings are believed to have been made between 11,800 and 12,600 years ago, towards the end of the last Ice Age.
The cave paintings were actually found and studied between 2017 and 2018, but the study has been released only now.
Researchers worked really hard to study these paintings as the region where they are located had been having wars and also has many poisonous snakes.
What do the paintings show?
The cave paintings were made using red colours extracted from ochre (a type of clay).
They show ancient extinct animals, such as the mastodon, (an ancient relative of the elephant) as well as giant sloths, ancient llamas and Ice Age horses.
There are also paintings of geometric shapes, human figures, handprints and hunting scenes. They show how people lived at that time, together with the animals they hunted.
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