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"Unveiling the Mysteries of Prehistory: From Stone-Age Cave Paintings to Fossil Footprints" Step back in time and explore the captivating world of prehistory

Background imagePre History Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imagePre History Collection: Trundholm Sun Chariot

Trundholm Sun Chariot
The Trundholm Sun Chariot is a late Nordic branze Age artifact discovered in Denmark that has been interpreted as a dispiction of the sun being pulled by a mare that may have relation to later Norse

Background imagePre History Collection: Cave of the hands, Argentina

Cave of the hands, Argentina
Olympus Digital Camera

Background imagePre History Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork of horses painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France, the site of the earliest known cave paintings (as of 2011)

Background imagePre History Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imagePre History Collection: Fossils from the palaeozoic era

Fossils from the palaeozoic era
Life forms of the palaeozoic era (for identification of individual items, refer to the book page 13-14)

Background imagePre History Collection: Laetoli fossil footprints

Laetoli fossil footprints. Artwork showing the Laetoli footprints that were preserved in volcanic ash deposits around 3.5 million years ago. They were discovered in 1976 in Laetoli, Tanzania

Background imagePre History Collection: Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating. Artwork of male (right) and female (left) Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating. Some theories say that this dinosaur had feathers and fur, as seen here

Background imagePre History Collection: Avebury stone circle, Avebury, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wiltshire, England

Avebury stone circle, Avebury, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePre History Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imagePre History Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork of fighting rhinoceroses painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imagePre History Collection: LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER. Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER. Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

Background imagePre History Collection: Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Spain

Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Spain
Islamic carvings, Alhambra, Granada, Spain. These carvings are in the Hall of the two Sisters. Alhambra is a walled city and fortress

Background imagePre History Collection: Prehistoric spear-thrower

Prehistoric spear-thrower. Artwork of how a spear-thrower (or atlatl) is used to throw a feathered dart. At top and centre, the dart is loaded. At bottom, it is being thrown

Background imagePre History Collection: Spinosaurus dinosaur, artwork

Spinosaurus dinosaur, artwork. Spinosaurus were enormous meat-eating dinosaurs that lived during the late Cretaceous period (99 to 65 million years ago)

Background imagePre History Collection: Brachiosaurus dinosaurs

Brachiosaurus dinosaurs at water, computer artwork. Brachiosaurus was the tallest dinosaur, standing up to 16 metres tall. It could weigh up to 70 tons

Background imagePre History Collection: Mammoth

Mammoth. Artists impression of a herd of mammoths (Mammuthus sp.). The mammoth was a large mammal adapted to the cold conditions of the Pleistocene Ice Age of some 2 million years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Continental drift, 100 million years ago

Continental drift, 100 million years ago. Map of the Earth showing the continents some 100 million years after the start of the break-up of the ancient supercontinent of Pangea

Background imagePre History Collection: Druid carrying mistletoe

Druid carrying mistletoe and a sickle. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre History Collection: Prehistoric cave art of a bull, Altamira, Spain

Prehistoric cave art of a bull, Altamira, Spain
Prehistoric cave painting of a bull, Altamira, Spain. Color halftone reproduction

Background imagePre History Collection: Trilobite fossil

Trilobite fossil. Fossil of a trilobite (Aristoharpes sp.) from the Devonian period (around 370 million years ago), showing the species characteristic, spade-like shape

Background imagePre History Collection: Standing stones

Standing stones. This is Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria, England. It is on the level top of a hill in the Lake District

Background imagePre History Collection: Avebury ring

Avebury ring, aerial photograph. The circles of standing stones and the henge (ditch) at Avebury date from about 2500 BC. The entire site encompasses some 28 acres and comprises a perimeter ditch

Background imagePre History Collection: Female Australopithecus africanus

Female Australopithecus africanus, artists impression. A. Africanus was a bipedal hominid that lived between 3.5 and 2 million years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Megalodon prehistoric shark

Megalodon prehistoric shark, artwork, hunting a school of fish. Megalodon, Carcharocles (Carcharodon) megalodon, lived between around 20 and 1.2 million years ago, and is known only from fossils

Background imagePre History Collection: Leptictidium

Leptictidium. Artists impression of the extinct mammal Leptictidium. Fossil evidence of their skeleton revealed that Leptictids had small front legs

Background imagePre History Collection: Scimitar cat attacking a hominid

Scimitar cat attacking a hominid, artists impression. The scimitar cat (Homotherium sp.) was a member of the sabre-toothed cat family (Machairodontinae) which lived throughout Africa

Background imagePre History Collection: Megalodon shark and great white

Megalodon shark and great white
Megalodon shark (Carcharodon megalodon), computer artwork. A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is shown below it at the same scale

Background imagePre History Collection: Cave painting of a mammoth, artwork

Cave painting of a mammoth, artwork
Cave painting of a mammoth. Artwork of a prehistoric cave drawing from the cave of Font-de Gaume, in the Dordogne region of France. It shows a mammoth (Elephas primigenius)

Background imagePre History Collection: Iguanodon and Megalosaurus, artwork

Iguanodon and Megalosaurus, artwork
Iguanodon fighting Megalosaurus, 19th century artwork. Artwork from the 1886 ninth edition of Moses and Geology (Samuel Kinns, London). This book was originally published in 1882

Background imagePre History Collection: Australopithecus afarensis, artwork

Australopithecus afarensis, artwork
Australopithecus afarensis. Artwork of a female Australopithecus afarensis hominid with her child. This hominid lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Druids collecting sacred mistletoe

Druids collecting sacred mistletoe
Druid ceremony gathering mistletoe in the forest. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre History Collection: SPAIN. Ribadesella. Tito Bustillo Cave. Shaggy

SPAIN. Ribadesella. Tito Bustillo Cave. Shaggy rhinoceros. Upper Paleolithic. Magdalenian. Cave

Background imagePre History Collection: Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, on a snowy plain. 1908 (illustration)

Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, on a snowy plain. 1908 (illustration)
7233337 Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum, on a snowy plain. 1908 (illustration) by Harder, Heinrich (1858-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: Siberian unicorn, Elasmotherium sibiricum)

Background imagePre History Collection: Woolly rhinoceros

Woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis). Artists impression of a woolly rhinoceros. This extinct mammal existed during the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs, 1.8 million years to 10, 000 years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Homo heidelbergensis

Homo heidelbergensis. Artists impression of two male H. heidelbergensis hominids which lived between 600, 000 and 250, 000 years ago in the Pleistocene era

Background imagePre History Collection: Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull

Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull. Artwork of a reconstruction of the Toumai skull, one of only a small number of fossils of the hominin Sahelanthropus tchadensis

Background imagePre History Collection: Men-an-tol standing stones

Men-an-tol standing stones. This formation of standing stones is thought to be the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber, with the circular shaped stone forming the entrance

Background imagePre History Collection: Callanish stone circle

Callanish stone circle. This neolithic stone circle is situated near Callanish, on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. The site dates from around between 2900 and 2600 BC

Background imagePre History Collection: Homo heidelbergensis skull and face

Homo heidelbergensis skull and face of a male, artists impression. H. heidelbergensis lived between 600, 000 and 250, 000 years ago in the Pleistocene era

Background imagePre History Collection: Flying pterosaurs

Flying pterosaurs, artwork. Pterosaurs were flying reptiles that inhabited what is now North America and Europe during the late Cretaceous period, between 85 and 75 million years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Prehistoric wildlife of the Miocene era

Prehistoric wildlife of the Miocene era
Prehistoric wildlife from the Miocene era, illustration. From left to right: prehistoric pig (Bunolistriodon sp.); hornless rhino (Aceratherium sp.); three toed horse (Anchitherium sp)

Background imagePre History Collection: Baryonyx dinosaur

Baryonyx dinosaur. Artwork of a Baryonyx dinosaur hunting fish in a river. Larger dinosaurs are seen in the background. Baryonyx was a fish-eating carnivore that lived around 130 million years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs. Artwork of a pair of Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs hunting prey in a forest. Some theories say that this dinosaur had feathers and fur, as seen here

Background imagePre History Collection: Wildlife of the Miocene era, artwork

Wildlife of the Miocene era, artwork. The Miocene era is the period from around 23 to 5 million years ago. The animals shown are: a giant land tortoise (Cheirogaster bolivari, bottom left)

Background imagePre History Collection: Ichthyosaurs leaping in the air, artwork

Ichthyosaurs leaping in the air, artwork
Ichthyosaurs leaping in the air. Artwork of Ichthyosaurus marine reptiles jumping from the sea. Ichthyosaurs were a type of marine reptile

Background imagePre History Collection: Plesiosaur attack, artwork

Plesiosaur attack, artwork. Plesiosaurs were marine reptiles that inhabited the seas throughout the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods from around 200 to 65 million years ago

Background imagePre History Collection: Nebraska Man by Amedee Forestier

Nebraska Man by Amedee Forestier
An artists vision of Hesperophiticus (The Ape-Man of the Western World) belonging to the Pliocene epoch. The picture was drawn by Forestier for The Illustrated London News following the discovery of



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"Unveiling the Mysteries of Prehistory: From Stone-Age Cave Paintings to Fossil Footprints" Step back in time and explore the captivating world of prehistory. Journey to Chauvet, France, where ancient stone-age cave paintings offer a glimpse into our ancestors' artistic prowess. Marvel at the intricate details and vivid colors that have survived thousands of years. But Chauvet is not alone in its historical significance. Venture south to Argentina's Cave of the Hands, where hand stencils painted by early humans adorn the walls. These enigmatic markings serve as a testament to their existence and leave us pondering their purpose. Delve even deeper into prehistoric times with fossils from the palaeozoic era, offering valuable insights into Earth's distant past. These remnants provide a window into long-extinct species that once roamed our planet millions of years ago. Travel across continents to Alhambra, Spain, where Islamic carvings showcase exquisite craftsmanship intertwined with religious symbolism. Admire these intricate designs etched onto walls and ceilings, reflecting an era rich in cultural exchange and artistic expression. Discover tools used by our forebears like the prehistoric spear-thrower – an innovation that revolutionized hunting techniques during ancient times. Witness how human ingenuity shaped survival strategies throughout history. Continue your journey through time with Laetoli fossil footprints – preserved imprints left behind by early hominins walking across volcanic ash in Tanzania. These tracks offer tangible evidence of our evolutionary journey and shed light on our earliest ancestors' way of life. Intriguingly different yet equally fascinating are Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs mating - a rare glimpse into their primal behavior captured forever in fossil form. Uncover secrets about these awe-inspiring creatures who once ruled over Earth's vast landscapes. Marvel at Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire, England – a UNESCO World Heritage Site shrouded in mystery.