When the New York Zoological Park (now the Bronx Zoo) opened in September 1906, people visiting the Primates’ House encountered a startling sight. There, amid the cages full of exotic animals, they found a human: Ota Benga, a member of the Mbuti pygmy tribe from what was then known as the Congo Free State. Though he was just 23 years old, this was not the first time Benga had been publicly displayed as a curiosity.
An interlocked skeletal remains of a mother and her child have been found by the Chinese archaeologists in a site that dates back to the Bronze Age in Qinghai Province, China in about 2,000 BC.
The Armenian Church is the first citadel of the Christian faith built in the Odesa region. Initially, the church was called “Greek church”. According to legend, it was built by two Greeks who lived in Bilhorod, Dnistrovsky Ukraine in the 14th century. At this time the building served as a monastery.
The first foreigner to be a samurai was a 6-foot-tall African who also was one of the first Africans to ever arrive on the island 500 years ago, during the feudal reign of the legendary Oda Nobunaga, the first of the three unifiers of Japan.
The ‘young’ Earth may have swallowed a Mercury-like planet billions of years ago, a collision which providing our planet’s layers and generate Earth’s magnetic field creating the perfect conditions required for life to flourish.
The Mayan civilization is known to be one of the most sophisticated civilizations in America prior to the Spanish colonization of the region. Its sudden collapse sometime between the 8th and 9th century is also one of the mysteries that baffled experts and which has given rise to a number of theories including overhunting, deforestation and even alien invasion.