East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

A face from the past

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This gentleman is an artist’s reconstruction of one of the Early Eurasians from the archaeological site of Kostenki-Borshchevo, in southern Russia. The remains were found in 1954.
Genome data seem to indicate that this people had a higher percentage of Neanderthal DNA than we have today – make what you will of that.


I was quite surprised, when I saw this image, because this guy is very very similar to a character in my novel – a character that appears in the final chapters, the ones I’m redrafting right now.
I already explained how important it is, for me, to have visual references – well, this visual reference appeared serendipitously on my PC on Sunday, and unlocked a scene I was having a hard time writing.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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