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
The Nazca Lines are a collection of unusual, large ancient geoglyphs etched into the high plateaus of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The largest are nearly a quarter-mile long and depict a variety of objects and shapes including more than 70 drawings of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, and monkeys – many of which would have been unknown to inhabitants of the area. Some depict human-like entities. They cover an area about 170 square miles and are only visible from the air. The drawings are believed to have been created sometime between 500 BC and 500 AD. They were made by gouging shallow lines about 6-inches deep into the ground, removing the natural iron oxide-coated reddish pebbles and exposing the grayish ground beneath.