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

One of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric rock art has been discovered in the Amazonian rainforest.

Hailed as “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia.

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.

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More efforts needed for forest protection: expert

Vietnam has abundant forest resources, but there are many ongoing problems relating to forest protection. Trieu Van Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Forest Science Technology Association, talks to Viettimes about the issue.

Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant got hit by a landslide on October 12. VNA/VNS Photo

Given the flooding in the central region recently, it could be said that one of the reasons is the development of hydroelectricity as hydropower seems to be the cause of the decreasing forest area. What do you think?

Hydropower development is an environmental trade-off for economic development. For many years, we have often heard leaders talking about not exchanging the environment for economic development, but in fact, there is a trade-off because otherwise economic development cannot be performed. However, we cannot make any trade-offs at any cost. A trade-off with a too high price is not advisable because when it comes to the

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Truffle munching wallabies shed new light on forest conservation

Truffle munching wallabies shed new light on forest conservation
Credit: Todd F Elliott

Feeding truffles to wallabies may sound like a madcap whim of the jet-setting elite, but it may give researchers clues to preserving remnant forest systems.


Edith Cowan University researcher Dr. Melissa Danks led an investigation into how swamp wallabies spread truffle spores around the environment, and results demonstrate the importance of these animals to the survival of the forest.

“There are thousands of truffle species in Australia and they play a critical role in helping our trees and woody plants to survive,” she said.

“Truffles live in a mutually beneficial relationship with these plants, helping them to uptake water and nutrients and defense against disease. Unlike mushrooms where spores are dispersed through wind and water from their caps, truffles are found underground with the spores inside an enclosed ball—they need to be eaten by an animal to move their spores.”

Dr. Danks and colleagues at the

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Climate change drives plants to extinction in the Black Forest in Germany — ScienceDaily

Climate change is leaving its mark on the bog complexes of the German Black Forest. Due to rising temperatures and longer dry periods, two plant species have already gone extinct over the last 40 years. The populations of many others have decreased by one third. In the next couple of decades ten more species could become extinct, researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) write in Diversity and Distributions.

There are only a few healthy ombrotrophic bogs, raised bogs and spring mires left in Germany. They used to cover large swathes of north-western Germany. Today they are still found in the foothills of the Alps and on low mountain ranges, for example in the Black Forest. They are very sensitive ecosystems that are highly dependent on certain climatic conditions. “These bogs and spring mires are seismographs of climate change. They

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Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech updates: Live NCAAF game scores, results for Saturday

Game Recap

After flying high against the Boston College Eagles last week, the Virginia Tech Hokies came back down to earth. Virginia Tech fell to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 23-16. What made the defeat an especially bitter pill for the Hokies to swallow was that they had been favored by 10.5 points coming into the matchup.

Among those leading the charge for Wake Forest was RB Christian Beal-Smith, who picked up 129 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Beal-Smith’s longest run was for 58 yards in the first quarter. More help came courtesy of DB Nick Andersen, who was good for nine tackles.

Special teams collected 11 points for Wake Forest. K Nick Sciba delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.

No one had a standout game offensively for Virginia Tech, but they got one touchdown from QB Hendon Hooker.

Virginia Tech’s loss pushed them down to 3-2. The Demon

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ACC walk-on earns Wake Forest scholarship in win over Virginia Tech

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — A blood-stained black jersey with gold numbers and trim emerged from the huddle of Wake Forest football players gathered at the 50-yard line of Truist Field Saturday night.

A cut suffered in the preceding Atlantic Coast Conference game blemished Nick Andersen’s chin, thus dripping down his jersey, serving as a battle scar from his efforts. 

As he celebrated in all his gameday glory, the true freshman walk-on was hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates for his performance in Wake Forest’s 23-16 victory against No. 20 Virginia Tech. 

“They were calling him ‘Rudy’ and they were chanting, ‘scholly, scholly,’ ” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said, acknowledging his players’ calls to reward the walk-on with a scholarship. “So I think we’ll definitely be taking care of that next semester.” 

Wake Forest freshman walk-on safety Nick Andersen is hoisted in

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Freshman walk-on Andersen assists Wake Forest in upset over No. 19 Virginia Tech

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Wake Forest freshman walk-on safety Nick Andersen is hoisted in the air by his teammates after the Demon Deacons defeated 19th-ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday night. (Photo: Andrew Dye,Journal, Winston-Salem Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM — A blood-stained black jersey with gold numbers and trim emerged from the huddle of Wake Forest football players gathered at the 50-yard line of Truist Field on Saturday night.

A cut suffered in the preceding Atlantic Coast Conference game blemished Nick Andersen’s chin, thus dripping down his jersey, serving as a battle scar from his efforts. 

As he celebrated in all his gameday glory, the true freshman walk-on was hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates for his performance in Wake Forest’s 23-16 victory against No. 19 Virginia Tech. 

“They were calling him ‘Rudy’ and they were chanting, ‘scholly, scholly,’ ” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said, acknowledging his players’ calls to reward the walk-on with

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Wake Forest beats No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16

Walk-on freshman safety Nick Andersen had three interceptions, Christian Beal-Smith ran for 129 yards and Nick Sciba kicked three field goals to help Wake Forest beat No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16 on Saturday

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Walk-on freshman safety Nick Andersen had three interceptions, Christian Beal-Smith ran for 129 yards and Nick Sciba kicked three field goals to help Wake Forest beat No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16 on Saturday.

Andersen stopped two deep Hokies drives. His third interception ended their final possession.

After the game, Andersen was atop the shoulders of teammates chanting “scholly! scholly!” (scholarship) and “Rudy! Rudy!” (from the movie) as they carried him off the field. A few minutes later, Andersen was treatment for a bloody cut on his chin.

“Just a little glue

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How to watch Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech: Live stream, TV channel, start time for Saturday’s NCAA Football game

Who’s Playing

No. 19 Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest

Current Records: Virginia Tech 2-1; Wake Forest 1-2

What to Know

The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons are set to square off in an ACC matchup at 3:30 p.m. ET Oct. 24 at Truist Field. Keep an eye on the score for this one: these two teams posted some lofty points totals in their previous games, so things might heat up even more when they meet on Saturday.

You’re bound to get a positive result if you outscore your opponent every quarter, and that’s exactly how it played out for Virginia Tech on Saturday. They blew past the Boston College Eagles 40-14. QB Hendon Hooker went supernova for the Hokies as he passed for one TD and 111 yards on 15 attempts in addition to rushing for three TDs and 164 yards.

Virginia Tech’s defense was a

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No. 19 Virginia Tech presents big challenge for Wake Forest

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Published 1:33 p.m. ET Oct. 22, 2020

Justin Fuente makes it clear No. 19 Virginia Tech has many areas in which it needs to improve.

The good news for the Hokies (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is that reinforcements are likely on the way, though Fuente said he has learned not to take anything for granted.

The Hokies, without an average of 18 players because of coronavirus-related issues and injuries for their first four games, play at Wake Forest (2-2, 1-2) on Saturday.

“I’m hesitant to say anything. You see guys make comments, and the next thing you know, it bites them in the tail,” Fuente said. “I know we’re doing everything in our power to adhere by the guidelines and do our best to control what we can in this situation.”

Their 40-14 victory against Boston College marked the first time Fuente’s entire staff, including first-year defensive coordinator

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