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12,500-Year-Old Cave Paintings Found in Western Amazonia

 The world is full of historical and natural wonders that we are yet to discover. One such archeological treasure was discovered by expert José Iriarte and his team from British Columbia. The finding in question lies in a remote part of the Amazon Rainforest called Serranía La Lindosa and consists of a series of gorgeous and historically insightful cave paintings

Admire the photographs of these cave paintings and rock art on an 8-mile cliff in the Western Amazon Rainforest dubbed the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients in the media. 

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients  

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients 

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients  

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

These paintings, which have since been collectively christened "the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients", stretch across an 8-mile cliff in the middle of the forest and were likely created 12,500 years ago. This seemingly simple collection of rock art depicts numerous different types of native animals, some that are present today and many that have gone extinct. 

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients  

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients  

Research suggests that these depictions were likely created by the earliest civilizations of Western Amazonia. While there is so much to be learned from these intricate images, there is also an immense amount of beauty to be taken in. Just see for yourself and get lost in history!

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

Photographs of cave paintings and rock art on 8 mile cliff in Western Amazon Rainforest called the Sistine Chapel of the Ancients  

(Source: Boredpanda/ gipri)

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