Cultural and Travel News Peru

Important Fossil Excavated off Peru´s Southern Coast

Wednesday May 24, 2017

A team of Belgian scientists excavated an important fossil off of Peru´s southern coast in the province of Ica. Specifically, the scientists uncovered a fossil bearing the skeleton of the Mystacodon selensis, an ancient whale.

This discovery is groundbreaking for paleontologists, because it the oldest known relative of the baleen whale ever found, at 36.4 million years old. Baleen whales are subset of the whale species that includes blue whales and humpback whales.

Futhermore, the whale fossil is the first relative to the baleen whale (more…)

Frog Species Discovered in Peru

Tuesday January 24, 2017

A new frog species was recently discovered in Peru! The discovery was made in the Communal Reserve called Amarakaeri.

The new species was found to be poisonous, hence its name “Ameerega shihuemoy,” which means poisonous frog in the local language.

This frog is quite small, sizing under 3 cm. They are identified with their vibrant colors, marking them as poisonous in the animal world.

Scientists seek to continue to promote the protection of this area, and it is the home to new species that are fighting to survive. (more…)

Peruvian Mummy is one of the Best Discoveries of 2016

Tuesday January 24, 2017

This past year, a female woman was found in Peru. This Peruvian mummy has been declared as one of the best discoveries of 2016.

The Institute of Archaeology of America has declared a list of the top 10 discoveries of the past year, and this mummy made the list.

The mummy was discovered in April by a research team surveying the archaeology in the site of Aspero. This is just north of Peru´s capital, Lima.

The skeleton was found wrapped and tied with wool and ropes (more…)

Pre-Incan Paintings Discovered in Machu Picchu Area

Tuesday July 05, 2016

About two weeks ago, a new discovery was found in the surrounding areas of Machu Picchu. Although the site was discovered over a century ago, the region is still producing surprises!

Cusco´s Cultural Department was exploring the areas around the famous Incan city and they found paintings that are believed to be older than the Incas.

The said paintings consist of the figures of a llama, a man, and another image. They were discovered on a road that leads straight to Machu Picchu.

New Species of Rain Frog in the Amazon

Friday June 10, 2016

Researchers from Southern Illinois University, the University of Michigan, and the National University of San Antonio Abad in Cusco discovered a new rain frog species in Peru´s Amazon.

The researchers deemed the frog Pristimantis pluvialis, which was found in Manu National Park, an area that has a wide range of wildlife. This new discovery raised the number of amphibian species in the park to 156.

This newly discovered species is unique because it does not necessarily undergo a typical tadpole stage that most other amphibians go through. (more…)

Another ancient geoglyph was found in the Nazca desert

Monday May 02, 2016

The archaeological site on Nazca was declared a World heritage site by UNESCO because of the animal figures, objects and anthropomorphic figures that can only be seen by flying over the area. Recently, an entire new geoglyph has been discovered at Pampa de Majuelos. This is an important discovery for the scientific community and for the tourism sector.

According to National Geographic the new discovered geoglyph is a 30-meter long figure drawn upon the arid plateaus, the figure would represent an animal with a long tongue. (more…)

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