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Ancient cave drawings discovered in Brazil


Posted on Saturday, 9 November, 2013 | Comment icon 6 comments


Peccaries can be found across Brazil. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Deyvid Setti

Wildlife researchers came across the prehistoric rock-art while searching for white-lipped peccaries.

Considered a strong environmental indicator of healthy forests, peccaries are of great interest to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which surveys their numbers as part of its conservation efforts. While searching for the pig-like creatures in Brazil's Cerrado plateau however, researchers came across something unexpected - a series of ancient cave drawings dating back up to 10,000 years.

Archaeologists believe that the drawings, which feature images of birds and reptiles, were created by hunter-gatherers who lived in the region long ago. The range of images and styles is more diverse than expected with artwork that seems to originate from both the central Brazilian plateau and northeastern Brazil.

"These discoveries of cave drawings emphasize the importance of protecting the Cerrado and Pantanal ecosystems, both for their cultural and natural heritage," said WCS Latin America director Julie Kunen. "We hope to partner with local landowners to protect these cave sites, as well as the forests that surround them, so that the cultural heritage and wildlife depicted in the drawings are preserved for future generations."

   
Source: Discovery News | Comments (6)

Tags: Hunter-gatherer, Cave Paintings, Rock Art


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by BadChadB33 on 9 November, 2013, 15:38
Were there alien depictions on these too?
Comment icon #2 Posted by calaf on 9 November, 2013, 22:43
No peccaries, no cave art and a file photo that could be Pennsylvania.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sundew on 10 November, 2013, 0:03
Yes, I felt the same way, having seen cave art in Europe I was hoping for something to compare it to; to see if there were any representations of the South American megafauna.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Razer on 13 November, 2013, 2:23
I hope they can strike a deal with the landowners to preserve the cave art.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Taun on 13 November, 2013, 12:28
Judging strictly by the photo and the headlines.. A peccary could be either a hill, a tree, a forest or a forested hill...
Comment icon #6 Posted by kobolds on 21 November, 2013, 8:00
let find a cave and draw somthing on the wall . 10000 years later become priceless
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