For centuries, our link to the people of the past has solely been through artwork and other speculative renderings. Now, thanks to modern reconstruction technology, archaeologists have discovered what our ancestors really looked like — and we've certainly come a long way since then.
1. Stonehenge Man
Unearthed in the area surrounding Stonehenge, this 5,500-year-old skeleton has come to be known as "Stonehenge Man." His remains were found in an elaborate tomb in the 1860s and date the man's age of death at between 25 and 40 years old.
This 9,000-year-old Greek woman is known as "Avgi." She lived during the historical era in which the region was transitioning from a society of hunter-gatherers to one centered around agriculture, though she died young at age 18.
3. Bocksten Man
Known as the "Bocksten Man," his true identity is believed to be that of Simon Gudmundi, the dean of the Diocese of Linköping who was murdered on May 12, 1491. Researchers believe that politician Hemming Gadh orchestrated Gudmundi's murder so that he could take his place as dean.
4. Whitehawk Woman
The remains of this 5,000-year-old Neolithic woman were discovered near Brighton in the U.K., giving us a glimpse into how different the people of Stone Age Britain looked then compared to now. Known as the "Whitehawk Woman," she was buried with an infant in her arms, meaning she had likely died during childbirth.