Otzi the Iceman | 5,300-year-old mummy found sticking out of the ice by two hikers on the Italian/Swiss border in 1991. Otzi has 47 tattoos, was fatally shot in the back by an arrow, ate ibex meat & einkorn wheat for his last supper, & has provided science with the oldest viable human blood sample.
Meet the ancestors: French exhibit reveals prehistoric faces
Neanderthals Were as Smart as Early Humans. Anthropologists have found that complex interbreeding and assimilation may have been responsible for their disappearance about 40,000 years ago, not the superiority of their humans. “Although many still search for a simple explanation and like to attribute the Neanderthal demise to a single factor, such as cognitive or technological inferiority, archaeology shows that there is no support for such interpretations.”
The astonishing 2,500 year old tattoos of a Siberian princess, and how they reveal little has changed in the way we decorate our bodies
This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.