The so-called Man of Altamura, whole and intact skeleton of an adult male of Homo neanderthalensis found embedded in limestone concretions of a cave in the countryside in Altamura, Italy. Perhaps the man, who lived in a period between 50,000 and 65,000 years ago, accidentally fell through a sinkhole in the karst cave and died of his wounds or broken bones.

A creepy X-ray image taken of a statue of Jesus in Mexico has revealed that the 300-year-old figure contains real human teeth - and they are...

Altamura Man was discovered in 1993 near the city of Altamura, Italy. The ancient calcified skull confounded experts, who could not agree on his age, nor the species he belonged to. However, a new study has now determined that Altamura Man is a Neanderthal and the bones are between 128,000 and 187,000 years old. Using the latest high-tech methods, they have been able to extract a bone sample which represents the oldest DNA ever recovered from a Neanderthal.

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British archaeologists have unearthed the remains of what might be the first queen of Windsor in a 4,400-year-old female skeleton adorned with some of Britain’s earliest gold jewels. The burial was dated to the Copper Age, between 2,200 and 2,500 B.C. — just a century or two after the construction of Stonehenge, which stands about 60 miles to the south-west.

A survivor of the Andersonville Prison during the American Civil War. A prisoner of the camp described the view upon entering: "As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us. Before us were forms that had once been active and erect; stalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin."13,000 of 45,000 prisoners died there. Hostilities of the war officially ended on April 9, 1865.

In 2003, partial skeletons of nine individuals were discovered on the small Indonesian island of Flores. Scientists believe that they evolved from Homo erectus that came by boat and underwent island bound miniaturization, like other animal species, such as the pygmy elephant. Homo floresiensis (Hobbit) is thought to have survived on Flores at least until 12,000 years ago, making it the longest lasting non-modern human. It is believed that a volcanic eruption was responsible for their demise.

About 7000 years ago in what is now Southwest Germany, was a city called 'Herxheim', a city that was mysteriously abandoned. A few years ago, Dr. Bruno Boulestin and his team were investigating the region, when they hit a grave containing the bones of 500 people. The marks on the bones show that the bodies were skinned and had their flesh removed using techniques almost identical to those for butchering animals. One researcher suggested that some of the victims could even have been spit-roas...

A reconstructed Neanderthal skeleton, right, with a modern human skeleton. Photo: AP Australian scientists have re-dated a collection of Neanderthal bones from southern Europe and found they are about 10,000 years older than first thought. The new evidence means many of the region's Neanderthal specimens may be much older than previous studies suggest, and casts doubt on the date archaeologists believe the human subspecies became extinct.

A SKELETON of a teenager more than 12,000 years old with a facial structure resembling that of an indigenous Australian is offering new clue...

DNA from a cave in Russia adds a mysterious new member to the human family. Some 500,000 years ago, probably in Africa, the ancestors of modern humans split and giae rise to Neanderthals and Denisovans. While our ancestors stayed in Africa, the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans migrated out. Those two lineages later diverged, with the Neanderthals moving into Europe and the Denisovans spreading east, populating large parts of Asia.

This obsidian phallus from Mongolia dates back to 5,000 BC and is almost 11" long, sans testes. If this is representative of the average ancient Mongolian nomadic male, it’s no wonder China built a great wall to keep them out.

The bony discovery of 50 young male skeletons, decapitated and lumped in an old quarry pit before being found by diggers on an Olympic relief road in Weymouth five years ago, became an even more gripping story following scientific examinations revealing that this mass grave carried executed Vikings.

After 13 years of meticulous excavation of the nearly complete skeleton of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot, South African and French scientists have now convincingly shown that it is probably around 3 million years old

Alexandra David-Néel: Born in 1868 in Paris, by the time she was 18 she’d traveled around Europe & was a member of the Theosophical Society. When she was in her 40s she traveled to India to study Buddhism, met a prince, and possibly had an affair with him. During her travels in Asia, she lived in a cave, adopted a monk & traveled to Tibet at a time it was closed to foreigners. She met the 13th Dalai Lama which no European lady had ever done before. She died AT THE AGE OF 101 in 1969.

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Mysterious Look at Giant Human Skeletons from Around the World

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.

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