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Squatting (squatter) mantis man: A prehistoric praying mantis petroglyph in Iran

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January 2020

Abstract

A 14-cm motif of a six-legged creature with raptorial forearms was discovered in the Teymareh rock art site in central Iran (Markazi Province) during a 2017 and 2018 survey of petroglyphs or prehistoric stone engravings. In order to identify it, entomologists and archaeologists compared the motif to local insects and to similar motifs and geometric rock art from around the world. The inspected motif resembles a well-known ”squatter man” motif based on aurora phenomena and found all over the world, combined with a praying mantid (Mantodea), probably a local species of Empusa. The petroglyph proves that praying mantids have been astounding and inspiring humans since prehistoric times.

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Journal of Orthoptera Research, Vol. 39, no. 1 (2020).

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Archaeology, Cultural Entomology, Mantodea, Paleoart, Rock Art

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Archaeology; Cultural Entomology; Mantodea; Paleoart; Rock Art

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SFS0073285_00001

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