In 1934, a Swedish archeologist discovered hundreds of ancient mummies buried under boats in a mysterious cemetery in a remote desert in the Xinjang region of China. The location, which is featured rivers and lakes thousands of years ago, was lost until 2000, and researchers began to excavate the area in 2003. They found the body of a woman thought to have died almost 4,000 years ago, who has become known as the most beautiful mummy in the world, owing to incredible well-preserved features that even include her eyelashes.

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Lewis Hine, Child laborers, taken during the early 20th century

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A Great Day in Harlem - Art Kane, 1958
A Great Day in Harlem Survivors - Gordon Parks, 1996

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Photos ranging from 1880s-1930s.

Thylacines are Australia’s most notorious extinct animals; they were wiped out in just over 100 years of European settlement in Tasmania. While some people believe they are still alive in the wild, there is no firm evidence that this is true. The last known Thylacine died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.

Because of the pattern of brown stripes over their bodies they were often called Tasmanian Tigers. But Thylacines were shy, fragile animals that sometimes died suddenly in captivity from stress. Thylacines had long, slender, dog-like bodies with stiff tails, large heads and incredibly powerful jaws.

There are large gaps in our knowledge of Thylacine biology. They made a husky barking sound, but there is no recording of it. Breeding probably occurred in winter and spring. Young Thylacines were born hairless and helpless like all marsupials, and lived in their mother’s pouch until they were too big to be carried. Males also had a pouch although it was not used to rear young. Adults probably lived to about seven years of age.

Historic accounts of their hunting behaviour describe it as stamina hunting, not stealth or ambush. With a stiff, relatively slow gait, they chased their prey until it was exhausted.

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