The Ancient Amazon was once a thriving metropolis

When one thinks of the lush Amazon rainforest, an ancient flourishing metropolis probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The Amazon is the Earth’s largest rainforest, spanning an area of 6.7 million square kilometers across nine countries, and is home to one-tenth of world’s known species. Trying to survive the Amazon, let alone attempting to build a functioning society, is a pretty grim task, and scientists believed that the Amazon had always been an untouched wilderness before the modern era of deforestation. Yet archaeologists have found evidence that complex societies had existed in the Amazon for thousands of years, and that the wilds of the Amazon only reclaimed these settlements in the past few hundred years.

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