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A pair of rare, unknown Rembrandt portraits worth millions discovered in private collection

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© Christie’s Auction House London
A pair of previously unknown portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn are going under the gavel.
A pair of unknown and "exceptionally rare" portraits by Rembrandt have been discovered in a private collection in the UK.

The intimate paintings of relatives of the Dutch master are now expected to sell for between £5 million and £8 million ($6.25 million-$10 million) at auction.

Signed and dated 1635, the pictures are of an elderly husband and wife who were related to Rembrandt by marriage.

Measuring just under 8 inches high, the paintings depict wealthy plumber Jan Willemsz van der Pluym and his wife Jaapgen Carels, who were from a prominent family in the Dutch city of Leiden.

Blue Planet

Earthquake that struck in early stages of Vesuvius eruption killed people at Pompeii, skeletons reveal

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The site where the two skeletons were uncovered at the archaeological park of Pompeii.
The remains of two people believed to have been killed by an earthquake that accompanied the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius have been found in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

The skeletons, thought to belong to two men in their mid-50s, were found during excavations at the Insula dei Casti Amanti, or Insula of the Chaste Lovers, an area of Pompeii made up of a cluster of homes and a bakery.

The well-preserved remains were found beneath a collapsed wall. Bone fractures indicate that the men probably died as a result of multiple injuries sustained as the building they sought refuge in caved in because of an earthquake that struck during the early stage of the volcanic eruption.

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Blue Planet

Oldest human footprint ever discovered: 300,000-year-old prints of extinct 'Heidelberg people' are found perfectly preserved in Germany


Scientists believe they have discovered the earliest human footprints- tracks left by a family of extinct humans 300,000 years ago
Scientists believe they have discovered the earliest human footprints - tracks left by a family of extinct humans 300,000 years ago.

The perfectly preserved prints of a small family of 'Heidelberg people,' a species of human long since extinct, were uncovered in Germany.

This subspecies of archaic humans, formally known as Homo heidelbergensis, were the first to build homes and hunt large animals but disappeared from the Earth about 28,000 years ago - and experts say it was because of climate change.

The traces were discovered in the Paleolithic site complex of Schöningen in Lower Saxony, along with ancient animal imprints, including the first evidence of elephants in the region.

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Bad Guys

How Truman's America Re-Nazified Germany

Nazi Germany
The first (original) Nazi Party was in Germany, but the ideology, of imperialistic racist fascism (the lower-case "nazism" ideology, instead of just the original, upper-case "N" Nazi Party that was an example of it) can be in any country.

German racist-fascism or Nazism was organized by Hitler as anti-Jewish, anti-communist, and for a Thousand-Year Reich in which "Aryans" or purebred descendants of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3, would have control over the entire world, and there would be no descendants from the snake (Satan) in Genesis 3, which Hitler believed Jews to be.
The Slavic peoples in the Soviet Union would become enslaved to Aryans, and that land would be the main breeding ground or "Lebensraum" to expand the numbers of Aryans so that they could achieve further conquests, and he thought that the most difficult country for Germany to defeat would be America — but, that he and his fascist allies would first need to defeat all of Eurasia. Then, he would take on America. That was his plan, ever since 1919, and as of 1928, his Second Book, and it never changed.

Conquest of all lands, and extermination of all Jews, was to produce his Thousand-Year Reich, which he thought would be "Paradise." Nazism wasn't only about exterminating Jews. It was also, very importantly, about conquering the Soviet Union.

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Symbolic links between Gobekli Tepe and Catalhoyuk

There are numerous symbolic links between Catalhoyuk (Central Turkey, 7100-6000 BCE) and Gobekli Tepe (southern Turkey, ~10,000-8000 BCE) that show they knew the same (or similar) astronomical zodiacal system.
© PreHistory Decoded
First, see here for a list of known 'Master/Mistress-of-Animals' symbols from around the Near Eastern region. Above is a 3rd millennium BCE example from Ur, Mesopotamia.
Potnia Theron,
© PreHistory Decoded
We also have a Mistress-of-Animals, or Potnia Theron, at Catalhoyuk (above). This shows symbolism from the 8th millennium BCE survived until the Bronze and Iron Ages.

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MindMatters: Freedom in Tyranny: Ernst Jünger's The Forest Passage

1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, The Gulag Archipelago - there are many great books on 20th-century totalitarianism. But few of them have the power and poetry of Ernst Jünger's 1951 The Forest Passage. Both a man of his time - and ahead of his time - the German-born Jünger was not only a staunch but careful critic of tyranny; he could see through the "soft power" manipulations of much subtler forms of centralized oppression as well. And call it out for exactly what it was.

Given Jünger's broad vision and deep insight, one could be forgiven for thinking that the The Forest Passage was written only yesterday. It is packed with perennial truths that apply to the politics and psychology of Western civilization over the last 100 or so years. Join us this week on MindMatters as we give Ernst Jünger's gem of a book its due, and begin to explore what it means to be, or become, a 'forest rebel'.

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Stunning mosaic of Trojan hero Aeneas unearthed in Turkey

Ancient Mosaic
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The Aeneas mosaic has been described as “unique in the world.”
A stunning mosaic depicting the legendary Trojan hero Aeneas who was mentioned in Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey, has been uncovered in southern Turkey.

The mosaic was discovered when the excavation of foundations at a construction site revealed the remains of a Roman villa in the city of Osmaniye.

According to Daily Sabah, experts noted no other example of this mosaic in the world. The visual quality and depictions of the mosaic rival the famous ancient city of Zeugma mosaics in Gaziantep.

The mosaic area, built in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D., is thought to have adorned the floor of a villa from that period.
Cezmi Yurtsever, a historian and an author, described the Aeneas mosaic as "unique in the world."

"This place was the ancient Flaviapolis city built during the Roman era and according to our determinations, this mosaic was made in the 3rd century A.D.

"The discovery of a mosaic in the ancient Flaviapolis city from the Roman period depicting a hero of the Trojan War is a peerless discovery for archeology and history."

Better Earth

Evidence of ice age human migrations from China to the Americas and Japan

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Graphical abstract showing ice age migration routes from northern coastal China to the Americas and Japan.
Scientists have used mitochondrial DNA to trace a female lineage from northern coastal China to the Americas. By integrating contemporary and ancient mitochondrial DNA, the team found evidence of at least two migrations: one during the last ice age, and one during the subsequent melting period.

Around the same time as the second migration, another branch of the same lineage migrated to Japan, which could explain Paleolithic archaeological similarities between the Americas, China, and Japan. The study appears May 9 in the journal Cell Reports.

"The Asian ancestry of Native Americans is more complicated than previously indicated," says first author Yu-Chun Li, a molecular anthropologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. "In addition to previously described ancestral sources in Siberia, Australo-Melanesia, and Southeast Asia, we show that northern coastal China also contributed to the gene pool of Native Americans."

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Blue Planet

100,000 year old tooth enamel provides clues to hunter-gatherer lifestyle of Neanderthals

© João Zilhão
A Neanderthal premolar tooth from the Almonda cave system, Portugal, seen from different angles. Isotopes of strontium were used to track the movement of this individual over the 2 to 3 years the enamel took to form.
A study by an international team of researchers, led by the University of Southampton, has given an intriguing glimpse of the hunting habits and diets of Neanderthals and other humans living in western Europe.

The scientists examined chemical properties locked inside tooth enamel to piece together how pre-historic people lived off the land around the Almonda Cave system, near Torres Novas in central Portugal almost 100 thousand years ago.

Their findings, published in the journal PNAS, show Neanderthals in the region were hunting fairly large animals across wide tracts of land, whereas humans living in the same location tens of thousands of years later survived on smaller creatures in an area half the size.

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Underwater archaeologists discover a 7,000-year-old road in Croatia

Underwater Road
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A team of underwater archaeologists from the University of Zadar has discovered the sunken ruins of a 7,000-year-old road that once linked an ancient artificial landmass to the Croatian island of Korčula.

The road is located at a depth of 5 meters in sediment deposits at the submerged archaeological site of Soline, an artificial landmass and Neolithic settlement of the island Korčula and along with several other artifacts, belonged to a lost maritime culture known as the Hvar, who occupied this area during the Neolithic Era.

By radiocarbon analysis of preserved wood found in the last campaign, the entire settlement was dated around 4,900 years before Christ.

A four-meter-wide linear road made of stone slabs was discovered during a recent underwater survey of the site. People walked on this road almost 7,000 years ago.

Over the weekend, the University of Zadar released new footage of the underwater passage, which was made of stacked stones and measured some 12 feet across.