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‘Sistine Chapel of the ancients’ rock art found in Amazon forest

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Tens of thousands of paintings dating back to the ice age have been revealed for the first time since they were discovered in the Amazonian rainforest a year ago.

Dubbed “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients,” the drawings of animals and people were drawn up to 12,500 years ago on nearly eight miles of cliff in Colombia.

Experts dated the drawings on the basis of animals that are now extinct such as the mastodon, a prehistoric ancestor of the elephant that is thought not to have been in the area for 12,000 years, as well as pictures of the extinct palaeolama, and giant sloths and ice age horses, the Observer reported. Human handprints can also be seen in the drawings.

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The drawings are to be revealed in full for the first time in an upcoming documentary called “Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon.”

One of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in the Amazonian rainforest: tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500........

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