Who’d have thought there used to be hippos and lions roaming the banks of the Thames? 125,000 years ago, this would have been a common sight. This is just one of dozens of revelations visitors to the NHM’s blockbuster exhibition can uncover this summer.
The curators have done a brilliant job of making the information accessible and engaging. What could otherwise have been a great deal of flint has been brought to life with videos, maps, artists’ reconstructions and more.
The real highlight comes in the final room, in the form of two life-sized (and incredibly life-like) models. One is Homo Sapiens, modern man’s great-grandfather, and the other is a Neanderthal, sort of like our great-uncle. They are presented nude (so we can ‘better understand their physique’, according to the text - no wonder the ice age did for them). Together with several hands-on artefacts, they bring to life a period of history normally incomprehensible to most of us.
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