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Ancient Cave Paintings Come Alive in Replicas
April 27, 2015
Some of the earliest cave paintings are now on display to the public, in the form of replicas. A new exhibit by France's Culture Ministry displays painstakingly prepared replicas of the famed Chauvet cave paintings, created 32,000 to 36,000 years ago. The cave, the subject of a 2011 documentary titled Cave of Forgotten Dreams, remains closed to the public, in order to maintain the integrity of the art on the walls. The paintings display more than 1,000 creatures, including lions stalking prey, owls watching serenely from high perches, parading mammoths, and now-extinct aurochs (large horned cows). Only one figure appears to be human, a bison that has a woman's head.

Easter Island 'Heads' Rolled Atop Statues: Study
April 27, 2015
Yet another theory has been advanced for the construction of the Easter Island statues, this one an explanation for how the statues got their "hats." The pukao, or headgear, gained their perches atop the towering moai, or statues, when the inhabitants of Rapu Nui, or Easter Island, rolled them atop the statues on ramps, according to a study from the University of Oregon.

Eiffel Tower Apartment on Display
April 27, 2015
A visit to the Eiffel Tower can now include a viewing of an exclusive private apartment. The Tower opened in 1889 for the World's Fair and has remained a top tourist attraction. As of 2014, more than 250 million people have visited the brainchild of designer Gustave Eiffel. What wasn't commonly known is that Eiffel had a third-floor apartment in the tower itself. The apartment was not a reflection of the steel of the outside but was furnished for a wealthy designer and scientist to enjoy. The walls were wallpapered, and expensive furniture dotted the interior, as did a grand piano. Next door, was a lab area, complete with equipment.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

The Mutiny on the Bounty
One of the most famous mutinies in naval history took place on April 28, 1789. This was the famed Mutiny on the Bounty, the English ship captained by Captain William Bligh. Led by First Mate Fletcher Christian, a group of sailors took control of the ship and set Bligh and adrift.

Why did this happen? Stories vary. Some sources have said that Captain Bligh was known for his cruelty. Other sources say that the crew wanted to take more than a few days' break in Tahiti, where Christian fell in love with a local woman.

Christian and his crew ended up on Pitcairn Island, the residents of which still call him their ancestor.

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