centuriespast: “ Memento Mori ring Late 17th century Purchased in Paris The Ashmolean Museum ”
Stylized “Venus” figurines carved in ivory, Aurignacian-Gravettian (c. 24,800 bce), from Dolní Věstonice, Mikulov, Moravia, Czech Republic; ...
NEOLITHIC - Reconstruction of Çatal Höyük , c. 6000 - 5900 BCE, was an early Neolithic town in Anatolia (Turkey). A large settlement, said to have 3000-8000 inhabitants at its peak, it lasted some 1200 years, in equality, peace, and surprising levels of prosperity and comfort.
A NORDIC STONE AXE HEAD NEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 5TH MILLENNIUM B.C. Speckled gray in color, the convex sides tapering to the sharp rounded cutting edge, the shaft hole smoothly drilled, with a blunt butt 7 in. (17.8 cm.) long
A Mesolithic amber amulet in the form of a bear. (National Museum of Denmark)
Venus of Laussel (20,000 − 18,000 BCE): Discovered in 1911 by physician J. G. Lalanne. The figure is found in a rock shelter, carved onto a piece of fallen limestone.
Reconstruction of a paleolithic mammoth bone house found in Ukraine.
Another view of the recent discovery of a 2,500-year-old Thracian tomb with an intact chariot and the remains of two horses buried in an upright position. Link to complete article: http://www.archaeology.org/news/1336-130927-bulgaria-thracian-horses-chariot
Surprise! 20 Percent of Neanderthal Genome Lives On in Modern Humans, Scientists Find—Two new studies suggest that the contribution from Neanderthal DNA was vital
Humans (Homo sapiens) are primates of the family Hominidae, and the only living species of the genus Homo. They originated in Africa, where they reached anatomical modernity about 200,000 years ago and began to exhibit full behavioral modernity around 50,000 years ago
"Neanderthals had sex with humans, says DNA. Nine percent of humans everywhere except Africa may be part Neanderthal." Pictured: "Some Neanderthals may have had pale skin and red hair similar to that of some modern humans." Click-through has summary; original article is here: http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/7/1957.abstract