Cave Bear Skull. Ursus Spelaeus meaning "cave" where theses bears lived most of their lives unlike the brown bear that used caves for hibernation. They lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago.
#HumanMigration A ground-breaking new study on DNA recovered from a fossil of one of the earliest known Europeans - a man who lived 36,000 years ago in Kostenki, western Russia - has shown that the earliest European humans' genetic ancestry survived the Last Glacial Maximum: the peak point of the last ice age.
The Cave Bear was a species of bear which lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum about 27,500 years ago. In Romania, there is a cave called Pe_tera Ur_ilor (Bears' Cave) where 140 cave bear skeletons were discovered in 1983
Minnesota designated Lake Superior agate as the official state gemstone in 1969. An unusually beautiful quartz stone banded with rich red and orange colors (derived from iron ore in the soil), Lake Superior agates were dispersed by glaciers in the last Ice Age. Found in northeastern and north central Minnesota, most Lake Superior agates are pea-size but some are as big as bowling balls and weigh over 20 pounds.
Pudding stone from Lake Huron in Michigan. This is a conglomerate of stones set in sandstone and hardened over years and years. The red in the stone is Jasper. There are all kinds of stones in them and are just beautiful.
The world’s oldest tree was discovered on Fulufjallet Mountain in Sweden. It is estimated that the Norway Spruce tree – named Old Tjikko – is around 9,550 years old (around the end of the last ice age).
Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin took part in 'extravehicular activity' at the International Space Station on 24 June. During the spacewalk, which lasted six hours and 34 minutes, Yurchikhin and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin replaced an ageing control panel for the cooling system of the Russian Zarya module. They also installed clamps for power cables in preparations for a new laboratory module. Photograph: ISS/NASA