The Amazon rainforest is known to be the home of many unique species, and it is a protected area that has kept conservationists on the lookout for a long time. Recently, a series of cave paintings have been found in the area, bringing it back into the spotlight of the media. The paintings are located in Colombia’s Amazon rainforest and they are in almost perfect shape, making this discovery the “Sistine Chapel of the Ancients”.
Besides its old age (believed to be more than 12,500 years old) the cave painting includes a series of details never before seen, such as handprints, mastodons, and other giant extinct animals. The discovery, which was made in the Chiribiquete National Park, located in Southern Colombia was kept secret for almost a year and the big reveal was made in the documentary called, Jungle Mistery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon.
Archeologists aim to preserve as much as they can from the painting and fear that the hype created around this discovery will bring a lot of tourists into the area.
This huge cave painting was kept secret for so long because the area was controlled by FARC, an anti-government paramilitary organization.
Thanks to the truce between them and the government, scientists were able to enter the area and study the cave paintings in-depth.