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1865 Carved mammoth tusk, human antiquity

1865 Carved mammoth tusk, human antiquity

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Chromolithograph of a mammoth carved on mammoth ivory from the French Perigord. Published in Edouard Lartet and Henry Christy. Aquitanicae" 1865-1875, Williams and Norgate, London 1875. This version is lightened for clarity. One of the most important early prehistoric discoveries providing the first unequivocal evidence that men had existed among the mammoths. It was found in five broken pieces in May 1864 by workmen in the employ of Lartet and Christy. The party was with Hugh Falconer and M. de Veneuil in the Madelaine caves of the Perigord, and Falconer was first to make out the image because of his familiarity with the St. Petersberg frozen mammoth. Both Falconer and Christy died the following year (Christy due to illness after an excavation), but this definitive piece published after their death is a fine memorial to their work revealing human antiquity.

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