Amazon deforestation uncovers evidence of lost world

Published on January 16th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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As trees are being cleared in the Amazon, strange geometric geoglyphs are being uncovered which could rewrite what we know about the world's largest tropical rainforest.

“What impressed me the most about these geoglyphs was their geometric precision, and how they emerged from forest we had all been taught was untouched except by a few nomadic tribes,” said Mr. Ranzi, a paleontologist who first saw the geoglyphs in the 1970s and, years later, surveyed them by plane.

For some scholars of human history in Amazonia, the geoglyphs in the Brazilian state of Acre and other archaeological sites suggest that the forests of the western Amazon, previously considered uninhabitable for sophisticated societies partly because of the quality of their soils, may not have been as “Edenic” as some environmentalists contend.

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2 Responses to Amazon deforestation uncovers evidence of lost world

  1. Lawrence Myers says:

    If they desided to go deeper anywhere in the world under any and all previous ecavated sites they would probably find signs of prior inabitation.Who or What why or when we may never know. Maybe we will never know…because we don’t want to?

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