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The oldest rock art in the New World

Rock art found in Brazil, which dates back between 10,000-12,000 years, is the oldest such art found in the New World.

“It shows that about 11,000 years ago, there was already a very diverse manifestation of rock art in South America, so man probably arrived in the Americas much earlier than normally is accepted,” explained Walter Alves Neves, the archaeologist and biological anthropologist leading the team.

The figure, which appears to be squatting with his arms outstretched, is about 12 inches tall from head to feet and about 8 inches wide. The phallus is about 2 inches long, about the same length as the man’s left arm.

“The figure, which we named ‘the horny little man’, is probably linked to some kind of fertility ritual,” Mr Neves said.

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Story: Fiona Govan, The Telegraph | Photo: Neves WA/Araujo AGM/ Bernardo DV

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