People of Color in European Art History


  1. Scientists Reveal Face of the First European





The face of the first European has been recreated from bone fragments by scientists.The head was rebuilt in clay based on an incomplete skull and jawbone discovered in a cave in the south west of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania by potholers.

Using radiocarbon analysis scientists say the man or woman, it is still not possible to determine the sex, lived between 34,000 and 36,000 years ago.


Europe was then occupied by both Neanderthal man, who had been in the region for thousands of years, and anatomically-modern humans – Homo sapiens.


Modern humans first arrived in Europe from Africa.












The skull appears very like humans today, but it also displays more archaic traits, such as very large molar teeth, which led some scientists to speculate the skull may belong to a hybrid between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals – an idea discounted by other experts.
Erik Trinkaus, professor of anthropology at Washington University in Missouri, said the jaw was the oldest, directly-dated modern human fossil. “Taken together, the material is the first that securely documents what modern humans looked like when they spread into Europe,” he said.
The model was created by Richard Neave, a forensic artist, for a BBC programme about the origins of the human race and evolution.
via telegraph.co.uk (2009)






You can watch the clip from the show this model was made for here. It’s oddly defensive and uncomfortable to watch, and they keep talking about how the face “doesn’t look African”.
I watched part of the full documentary, “The Incredible Human Journey”, and almost immediately formed a rather strong dislike of the host/creator. 
"Their way of life is the closest I could find to that of our ancestors!"
After watching her follow around some folks she refers to as “The Bushmen”, and taking their body temperatures while they’re hunting, the whole thing just became pretty gross and I turned it off.

    Scientists Reveal Face of the First European

    The face of the first European has been recreated from bone fragments by scientists.The head was rebuilt in clay based on an incomplete skull and jawbone discovered in a cave in the south west of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania by potholers.

    Using radiocarbon analysis scientists say the man or woman, it is still not possible to determine the sex, lived between 34,000 and 36,000 years ago.

    Europe was then occupied by both Neanderthal man, who had been in the region for thousands of years, and anatomically-modern humans – Homo sapiens.

    Modern humans first arrived in Europe from Africa.

    The skull appears very like humans today, but it also displays more archaic traits, such as very large molar teeth, which led some scientists to speculate the skull may belong to a hybrid between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals – an idea discounted by other experts.

    Erik Trinkaus, professor of anthropology at Washington University in Missouri, said the jaw was the oldest, directly-dated modern human fossil. “Taken together, the material is the first that securely documents what modern humans looked like when they spread into Europe,” he said.

    The model was created by Richard Neave, a forensic artist, for a BBC programme about the origins of the human race and evolution.

    via telegraph.co.uk (2009)

    You can watch the clip from the show this model was made for here. It’s oddly defensive and uncomfortable to watch, and they keep talking about how the face “doesn’t look African”.

    I watched part of the full documentary, “The Incredible Human Journey”, and almost immediately formed a rather strong dislike of the host/creator.

    "Their way of life is the closest I could find to that of our ancestors!"

    After watching her follow around some folks she refers to as “The Bushmen”, and taking their body temperatures while they’re hunting, the whole thing just became pretty gross and I turned it off.

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