Burial at Shanidar by Karen Carr

Shown: Homo neanderthalensis burial at Shanidar Cave in the Zagros Mountains of Kurdistan in Iraq.
Geologic period: Modern


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Burial at Shanidar

Neanderthals living in Shanidar Cave 60,000 to 80,000 years ago buried their dead, and may have had burial ceremonies for the dead. Fossil evidence also shows that members of the group cared for one another: Injuries found in the fossilized bones of a man 35 to 45 years of age show serious injuries to the head and to a foot. Despite the severity of the injuries, the man's bones show signs of healing, suggesting he was cared for by others while he was injured.

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Karen has delivered recent presentations for these institutions and groups:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the College of William & Mary and at Montana State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas Paleontological Society

 

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Originally trained in the classical techniques of illustration and painting, Karen frequently speaks on the transition to a digital world, and on the challenges and benefits this transition poses for artists, clients and viewers. She conducts professional seminars on painting, illustration and digital image creation, and also offers specific programs tailored to the needs of professional groups or classroom instructors.

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