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2,000-Year-Old Cat Figure Found Etched In Peru Desert

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The feline image that stretches for 409 yards on the hillside in Peru was found while remodeling a section of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to an announcement from Peru's Ministry of Culture, a massive carving of an ancient cat has been discovered on an arid hillside in the southern part of that country.

"The determine was scarcely seen and was about to vanish, as a result of it's located on fairly a steep slope that's susceptible to the consequences of pure erosion", Peru's Tradition Ministry stated in a press release. The figures include pelicans (the largest ones sized around 935 feet long), Andean Condors (443 feet), monkeys (360 feet), hummingbirds (165 feet), and spiders (150 feet).

Found in a region of Peru just over 200 miles southeast of Lima, near the modern town of Nazca, the lines are a subject of mystery for over 80 years with questions about their formation and the objective they served. The figure was discovered during maintenance work at a visitor center in what is already a popular tourist destination.

"Researchers suppose the cat, as the rest of the Nazca animal outlines, was made by depressions in the desert ground, w" / UNESCO World Heritage sitr, The Nazca, is known for its designs on the floor, better known as geolyphs that date back to 2,000 years ago. Following cleaning and conservation work, the archaeologists uncovered a series of lines varying in width from 30 to 40 centimeters (12 to 16 inches).

Officials theorize that the drawing actually predates the more famous geoglyphs and is instead from the Late Paracas period, which refers to a Pre-Colombian Andean society that occupied what is now known as the Ica Region of Peru between 800 BCE and 100 BCE.

Peruvian archaeologist Toribio Mejia Xesspe was the first to systematically study the lines in 1926.

"Well, one of the things that continues to surprise, and that many ask, is how we still find new geoglyphs", explained Johny Isla, the Director of the Nazca-Palpa Management Plan at the Ministry of Culture.

Researchers have continued to uncover more lines and develop theories about them.

"Before we had aerial photographs or photographs from planes, but now we have photos that can be taken with drones at very low altitudes and that helps us a lot", he went on to say.