2,000-year-old etching of a giant cat in he Nazca Desert

New Nazca “Cat” found in Peru’s Nazca Desert.

Scientists have uncovered a new geoglyph in the famous Nazca desert in Peru. it’s a 120-foot long cat. The drawing is estimated to be about 2,000 years old.

The drawing was discovered by accident during construction of a new lookout point called the Mirador Natural. The construction team barely noticed the outline of a cat on the nearby hill.

Johnny Isla, Peru’s chief archaeologist for the Nazca lines said,

“It’s quite striking that we’re still finding new figures, but we also know that there are more to be found.”

The Nazca lines are a series of massive elaborate etchings on the surface across the Nazca desert. They were believed to have been created between 500 BC and 500 AD but removing the desert’s reddish pebbles, exposing the yellow-gray soil underneath.

Scientists believe the new cat etching may be one of the oldest in the region.


The purpose of the Nazca lines is unclear but it is generally believed they served as travel markers, or to be seen by deities in the sky.


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