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IMAGE IS FOR YOUR ONE-TIME EXCLUSIVE USE ONLY AS A TIE-IN WITH THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GOBERO PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO SALES, NO TRANSFERS. EMBARGOED: Noon (ET, U.S.) Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

NO MORE THAN 4 OF THE GOBERO PHOTOS MAY BE USED PER PUBLICATION.

Photo by Mike Hettwer ©2008 National Geographic

The skeletons and artifacts of the exceptional triple burial at Gobero are preserved in this cast exactly as found by Paul Sereno, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. The cast shows the burial from both the front (pictured) and back. This burial is unmatched for its carefully posed intimate interaction. Dubbed the „Stone Age Embrace,“ the skeleton of a woman and presumably her two children, ages 5 and 8, were posed in death some 5,300 years ago. Pollen clusters found underneath the skeletons indicate the bodies had been laid atop flowers, and the burial also contained four arrowheads. The people died without any sign of skeletal injury.

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