Science: A Treasure from the Ice Age

A new exhibit shows the skills of Cro-Magnon man

It was a startlingly different world. Vast areas of the Northern Hemisphere were covered with ice. Across the ice-free parts of Europe and Asia, consisting largely of tundra and great treeless steppes, herds of mammoths, bison, reindeer and horses freely roamed. For long periods, winters were cruelly cold, and even in summertime the average temperature was 12° to 15° C (54° to 59° F.). Still, under these difficult conditions, during a period of 25,000 years before the dawn of civilization, the Ice Age Cro-Magnon people...

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