Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France, the site of the earliest known cave paintings (as of 2011), which have been dated to between 32, 900 and 30, 000 years ago.
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Red Lady of Paviland femur
Red Lady of Paviland femur. This fossil femur, stained red with ochre, is part of a human fossil skeleton (Homo sapiens) known as the Red Lady of Paviland (Paviland 1). Initially identified as female, the skeleton is actually that of a man. It dates from around 26, 500 years ago and is the oldest known modern human burial in Western Europe. It was discovered in 1823 at Goat's Hole Cave, the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, by William Buckland. These items are part of the collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.
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Prehistory. Paleolithic. Lucy skeleton. Reproduction
Prehistory. Paleolithic. Lucy. Common name of AL 288-1. Reproduction of the bones representing the skeleton of a female Australopithecus afarensis. It was discovered in 1974 at Hadar in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. Exhibition 'Atapuerca: A Million Years'. Burgos Museum. Spain.
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