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So far we have unearthed fossil evidence from more than 20 different human-like species, known as hominins, who are more closely related to humans than any of the apes alive today.     Meet some of our oldest relatives below and discover what insights they can provide about our own evolution.

From left to right, reconstructions of Australopithecus ramidus, early and late Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, a Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) and a modern human (Homo sapiens).

Copper Mask from Northwest Coast (Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)

Painted Copper Mask -- Century -- Northwest Coast -- Via Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.

Africa | Mask from the Fang people of Gabon. Traditionally these types of masks were worn by the Ngil society to ensure the adherence of the community to the law and social order.

Africa Mask from the Fang people of Gabon. Traditionally these types of masks were worn by the Ngil society to ensure the adherence of the community to the law and social order.

Ghanaian wood mask, 'Queen Amongst Queens' by NOVICA

African Wood Wall Mask, 'Queen Amongst Queens'

Buy Ghanaian wood mask, 'Queen Amongst Queens' today. Shop unique, award-winning Artisan treasures by NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Beautiful Indonesian Wooden Masks Light Weight Smile Now, Cry Later 10 inches

this mask shows human features however they have been placed to create 2 people and 2 emotions.

Ceremonial Mask of Sutton Hoo:  Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England is the site of two 6th- and early 7th-century cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance, now held in the British Museum in London.  by Malcolm Bott

Ceremonial Mask of Sutton Hoo: Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England is the site of two and early cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts of outstanding art-historical a

Native American Masks - NWC Haida Sea Shaman

Haida mask The Haida people are an indigenous people of British Columbia, Canada and British North America

Masque : Afrique : asymétrique , Dan

This mask incorporates iconography from two separate dance societies, one male and one female. It is not a dance mask however.

Yup'ik Mask, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Walter C. Koerner Collection  Measurements Overall: 43 cm x 41 cm x 13.8 cm  Object Number A2.579

Yup'ik Mask, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Walter C. Koerner Collection Measurements Overall: 43 cm x 41 cm x cm Object Number

Africa | Female 'Pwo' mask from the Chokwe people of Angola and DR Congo | Wood, pigment, metal and natural fiber

Angola, DR Congo Chokwe people female Pwo mask of wood, pigment, metal and natural fibre.

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