Archaeologists discover mysterious ‘Mantis’ rock paintings in Iran

According tomedia CNET, “Mantis Man” sounds like an imitation version of the Marvel Mantis superhero, but this is actually the nickname of an unusual rock painting found in central Iran. Prehistoric rock art depicts a six-legged creature that appears to have been inspired by mantis insects. Archaeologists and entomologists have teamed up to analyze rock paintings. Their study, published this month in the journal Of Orthoptera Research, suggests the creature may be a combination of mantis and humans.

Archaeologists discover mysterious 'Mantis' rock paintings in Iran

The carving is 5.5 inches (14 cm) long. Similar to the famous predatory insects. It has a triangular head and a folded forearm. The circular shape on the rest of the arm was noticed by the researchers.

“The most similar to archaeology is the ‘Squatter Man,” the magazine’s publisher, Pen Soft, said in a press release Monday, “This is a rock painting figure found around the world, depicting a man surrounded by a side.” These images of these people can be seen in ancient rock art from Spain to the southwestern United States.

Scientists estimate that Iranian carvings may be 4,000 to 40,000 years old. According to the anatomy of insects, entomologists believe that mantis are likely to belong to a local species called Empusa, also known as tapered mantis.

The authors of the paper admit, “It’s hard to explain prehistoric rock paintings.” We may never be sure whether the original artist intended to combine mantis with a person, but researchers believe the character may be related to ancient religions or mysterious beliefs. “Rock paintings prove that since prehistoric times, mantis have been a shock and inspiration to mankind,” the paper said. “