There's a lot that we don't know about the origins and evolution of life on our planet. But there's a lot that we do know.

There's a lot that we don't know about the origins and evolution of life on our planet. But there's a lot that we do know.

Hallados restos de 16 caballos sacrificados en el santuario tartésico del Turuñuelo - csic.es

Hallados restos de 16 caballos sacrificados en el santuario tartésico del Turuñuelo - csic.es

Cueva de Altamira - Santillana, Cantabria.  We visited the original caves in 1971 when they were still open to the public.  An experience of a lifetime.

Cueva de Altamira - Santillana, Cantabria. We visited the original caves in 1971 when they were still open to the public. An experience of a lifetime.

Two European bronze swords  Late Bronze Age, circa 900 B.C. The larger leaf-shaped blade with pronounced central ridge with two grooves to either side at the tip, with two notches above the wings of the hilt-plate, the hilt pierced with four rivet-holes, terminating in a faint 'fish tail' tang, 23in (58.5cm) long; the shorter with a stepped central ridge, with a single notch above the hilt plate, the hilt pierced with three rivet holes, 18¾in (48cm) long (2)

Two European bronze swords Late Bronze Age, circa 900 B.C. The larger leaf-shaped blade with pronounced central ridge with two grooves to either side at the tip, with two notches above the wings of the hilt-plate, the hilt pierced with four rivet-holes, terminating in a faint 'fish tail' tang, 23in (58.5cm) long; the shorter with a stepped central ridge, with a single notch above the hilt plate, the hilt pierced with three rivet holes, 18¾in (48cm) long (2)

Cruz gamada, início da cerâmica . Mesopotamian, Protohistory, Samarran culture. (ca 5500-4800 BC). Iraq

Cruz gamada, início da cerâmica . Mesopotamian, Protohistory, Samarran culture. (ca 5500-4800 BC). Iraq

A EUROPEAN BRONZE SWORD   SOUTH-CENTRAL EUROPE, LATE BRONZE AGE, CIRCA 11TH CENTURY B.C.   The lanceolate blade with a raised rounded midrib, tapering to the sharp cutting edges, with an incised linear border along its length, inserted into the separately-cast hilt, with two rivets joining the arched guard to the blade, the grip with four raised bands, each flanked by incised bands, the disk-shaped pommel with a terminal knob, incised concentric circles on the top

A EUROPEAN BRONZE SWORD SOUTH-CENTRAL EUROPE, LATE BRONZE AGE, CIRCA 11TH CENTURY B.C. The lanceolate blade with a raised rounded midrib, tapering to the sharp cutting edges, with an incised linear border along its length, inserted into the separately-cast hilt, with two rivets joining the arched guard to the blade, the grip with four raised bands, each flanked by incised bands, the disk-shaped pommel with a terminal knob, incised concentric circles on the top

below: Axial Gallery, Lascaux Cave, France, c. 15,000-10,000 B.C.:

below: Axial Gallery, Lascaux Cave, France, c. 15,000-10,000 B.C.:

Painting of a bison, made between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, in Altamira Cave, near Santillana del Mar, Spain

Painting of a bison, made between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, in Altamira Cave, near Santillana del Mar, Spain

Some early stone tools have been found in Swaziland dating back to around 100-200 thousand years ago.

Some early stone tools have been found in Swaziland dating back to around 100-200 thousand years ago.

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