Tens of thousands of cliff drawings dating back to the Ice Age have been revealed on nearly eight miles of cliff faces in Colombia’s Amazon rainforest. Archaeologists are calling the discovery “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients.”
Dating back as far as 12,500 years ago, it is one of the world’s largest collections of prehistoric cliff paintings. The red-ocher murals depict an incredibly wide array of creatures, from humans, horses, tapirs, fish, alligators, turtles and birds to extinct species including giant sloths, mastodons, camelids and three-toe ungulates (hooved mammals) with trunks.
“We’re talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It’s going to take generations to record them,” José Iriarte, an archaeologist at Exeter