A European researcher has interpreted carvings in a 32,500-year-old ivory tablet as a pattern of the same stars that we see in the sky today in the constellation Orion.The tablet is a sliver of ivory from the tusk of a mammoth — a large woolly animal like an elephant. Carved into the ivory is what appears to be a carving of a human figure with outstretched arms and legs.Carbon dating is used to determine the age of an old material by measuring its content of carbon 14.
Cro-magnon man thrived during the Ice Age by living in the temperate Dordogne Valley while the rest of Europe was held in the grip of an ice age.Little is known about Aurignacians, except that they moved into Europe from the east replacing the Neanderthals who had been living there. The Stone Age was a time when the earliest chipped stone tools were made, from about 750,000 years ago to about 15,000 years ago.Neanderthals were the original Stone Age "cavemen" who occupied Europe and parts of Asia and north Africa for 150,000 years before modern humans arrived. That was a time when northern glaciers appeared and receded. By the end of the period, numerous land mammals, such as mammoths, mastodons and saber-toothed tigers, had become extinct. By the very definition of pre-history, archaeologists don't know the myths of those ancient peoples who lived before humans started keeping records — before they started recording history.The tiny piece of ivory was in a cave in the Ach Valley in the Alb-Danube region of Germany when it was discovered in 1979.Scientists used a process known as carbon dating to check the age of bone ash found next to the tablet.