Most People seem to agree that we cannot and do not want to go back to the past, but the reason given is often wrong; that time has moved on and what was can never be again. The truth is that we cannot go back to what we never left. Our home is the earth, our time the Pleistocene Ice Ages. The past is the formula for our being.
(Paul Shepard)

Friday, 9 November 2012

Samara trip photos

heidelbergensis woman
The museum at Samara had a superb display of neanderthal and sapiens tools, with some top quality artwork, French interpretations and visitor centres are always top class, I really loved the pictures that accompanied this exhibition, they were incredibly provoking and evocative.

 The exhibit featured a neanderthal and cro-magnon skulls surrounded by some examples of their tools. There were certainly a greater variety of both tools and materials used by H.sapiens but the standard of craftsmanship was incredible for both.

look at the handaxe left of neanderthal!

 For some dark Internet god reason I can't use my close ups of the tools but I do however have a rather good picture of an H.sapiens hunting reindeer......

first contact

I absolutely love the above picture, you get a real sense of mutual respect between the two.

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