Scientists have discovered one of the world's largest collections of prehistoric rock art in the Amazon rainforest. Some call itWorks of art include paintings of animals and humans created 12500 years ago. The works are located on a cliff in Colombia that spans nearly eight miles.
Part of the reason why scientists got the precise time point 12500 years ago is that there are images on the walls of extinct animals that were common in the ice age, such as mastodons. Mammoths have been extinct for at least 12000 years and are prehistoric relatives of elephants.
Other images on the cliff help to date these rock murals, including ancient camels (an extinct camel), giant sloths, and ice age horses. Scientists believe that these arts were painted by some of the earliest humans who arrived in Amazon. The value of these works of art is that they let scientists directly see ancient civilization.
Because the painting is located on an 8-foot cliff and contains tens of thousands of images, the researchers believe it will take generations to study all cave art. Scientists discovered the site last year, but the location is still a secret.
The site is located in a cave in Serrania de la Lindosa, where other rock art has been found, and Chiribiquete National Park is in the same area. Scientists point out that the site is newly discovered and has not yet been named, and the area was discovered by a team of British and Colombian researchers funded by the European Research Council.