Gate (255/365)

by Lee Santiva September. 12, 2019 135 views
Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate

I'd call it Heaven's Gate - this is the gate to the local cemetery.

I loved the highlights on the metal and shadows on the pavement from the low-lying sun.

Gates to the cemetery with angel in the background

Gates to the cemetery with angel in the background

The challenge was not to let my shadow appear in the photo, that's why #2 has such a severe angle.

Now here's when it gets interesting...

About 40 years ago, not too far from this cemetery, construction workers found a skull while doing some deep (28 meters / 91 feet) escavation work to extract gravel and create a man-made lake.

The skull belonged to a pre-historic predecessor of homo sapiens dating back to sometime in-between 380,000 and 250,000 years B.C. in the Hoxnian stage which was in the middle of the Pleistocene Epoch (Ice Age).

After verification, the skull provided the necessary proof that homo erectus really did live in Europe which geologists and scientists had ruled out up until then (1978). The skull can be viewed in the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart.

Now, imagine you have this sensational find which is of international significance for historians and archaeologists, what would you call it? who would you name it after?

They named the skull: Homo erectus reilingensis asparagensis.

The last word means asparagus.

They named the skull of a prehistoric human after a vegetable.

I was going to tell the skull story around Halloween, but honestly I just couldn't wait. It's just so funny :-)

Source (in German, please use a translation program) https://www.reilingen.de/de/gemeinde/geschichte/der-reilinger-urmensch/

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Lynn F Medley 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the shadows! And why a vegetable?.😄

6 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 6 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Lynn. The skull was found within the limits of a farming town known for its white asparagus. White asparagus grows underground and is harvested like carrots snd other root vegetables. the politicians wanted to have some publicity for their produce. Silly if you ask me

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
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