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This rock art is a time capsule to an ancient Amazon

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By: Gorodenkoff

Ancient peoples fascinate us, but we know very little about how they once lived.

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New research from the LASTJOURNEY project allows us step into the shoes of ancient Amazonians, gaining incredible insights into their hopes, desires, and daily lives through their art, preserved through the ages on the walls of caves.

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The researchers found the Ice Age art hiding in caves high in the Colombian Amazon.

The ancient art features moments from daily human life, including geometric shapes...

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...handprints...

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...and animals.

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The art shows ancient humans living alongside now-extinct, giant Ice Age mammals...

...including giant sloths

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...and mastodons, a distant cousin of wooly mammoths.

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The rocky, red art shows how ancient peoples interacted with their environment.

A changing Amazon undergoing climate change.

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"These really are incredible images, produced by the earliest people to live in western Amazonia."

Mark Robinson, a member of the research team

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