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Mammoth Engraving
Imageby Emma Groeneveld

Mammoth Engraving

Cast of an engraving of a woolly mammoth on mammoth ivory made by early modern humans (Homo sapiens) at the rock shelter of La Madeleine, France, between c. 17,000- c. 11,000 years ago. It resides at the Collection de Paleontologie du Museum...
Woolly Mammoth Tusks
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Woolly Mammoth Tusks

Tusks of a woolly mammoth found in Alaska and usually residing at the University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks, although when (and where) this picture was taken in December 2017 it was on loan at the Australian Museum in Sydney. It came with...
Rising Star Cave Location Map
Imageby John Hawks e.a. (2017)

Rising Star Cave Location Map

Geographical location of the Rising Star cave in the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the remains of Homo naledi were discovered in 2013 CE.
Dinaledi Chamber, Rising Star Cave
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Dinaledi Chamber, Rising Star Cave

Schematic cross-section through a portion of the Rising Star cave system showing the Dinaledi Chamber, where fossils of Homo naledi were first discovered in 2013 CE.
Homo Naledi Composite Skeleton
Imageby Lee R. Berger e.a. (2015)

Homo Naledi Composite Skeleton

A composite skeleton that represents multiple individuals of Homo naledi, created from specimens found in the Dinaledi chamber in the Rising Star Cave, South Africa. The specimens have been dated to between 236,000 and 335,000 years old.
Homo Naledi Skull
Imageby John Hawks e.a. (2017)

Homo Naledi Skull

Skull of Homo naledi, who lived between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago and whose remains were found in the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. This particular skull was found in the Lesedi chamber. The scale bar represents 5 cm.
Denisovan Molar
Imageby Thilo Parg

Denisovan Molar

Replica of a male Denisovan (and designated as such since 2008 CE) molar, the original of which was found in Denisova Cave, Russia, in 2000 CE. The replica resides at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.
Denisovan finger bone
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Denisovan finger bone

Replica of a Denisovan finger bone belonging to a young female, the original of which was found in Denisova Cave, Russia, in 2008. From this bone DNA was extracted that led to it being assigned to a new species, dubbed Denisovan, within the...
The Venus of Laussel
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The Venus of Laussel

The Venus of Laussel, carved between 20,000 and 18,000 years ago, is a rare example of a pre-historic bas-relief. Her faceless, voluptuous figure is characteristic of the Venus figurines produced throughout Ice Age Europe. Many scholars believe...
Black Venus of Dolni Vestonice
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Black Venus of Dolni Vestonice

One of the oldest known examples of ceramic in the world, the Black Venus was found at the pre-historic site of Dolni Vestonice in Moravia, Czech Republic in 1925 CE. The figure is thought to have been sculpted between 29,000 and 25,000 years...
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