Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Peccary paintings

"In Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes the forest were found to have ancient cave drawings made by pig-like creatures Tayassu pecari thousands of years ago," writes Shelly Jones in the lead-in to a story I read the other day. I soon realized that the sentence has translation and grammar issues, but the news is just as compelling. A team led by Alexine Keuroghlian, which was composed of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Instituto Quinta do Sol, followed signals from radio-collared white-lipped peccaries into sandstone caves containing drawings made by humans who lived between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago. They are studying the pig-like animals as environmental indicators of healthy forests. The drawings (IMAGE ABOVE) depict animals including armadillos, deer, large cats, birds, and reptiles; human-like figures; and geometric symbols -- but ironically no peccaries!

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