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Jean Auel

Updated on October 30, 2014

My Connection

Since both of us lived in the Beaverton, Oregon area for several years at the same time we have many connections.  The truth is I can't remember how many times our paths crossed because she wasn't famous then.

This photo is how I remember Jean the night we went to a Menza meeting with special guest, Isaac Asimov.

2009 Update: I just discovered that one of the caves where early men clashed with Neanderthals is in Greece(where I am now living). Read about the real life basis for the novels Here

Jean Auel books from Amazon

There's a cool poster too, but you have to search for it.

Meteora Caves


Visit Birth Place of Homo sapiens

Clan of the Cave Bears in real life! Jean Auel made a career and several novels about the emergence of modern humans from the clash with Neanderthal types. Isn't that still going on?

Theopetra Cave in Trikala prefecture near the famous Meteora has been an active archaeological site since 1987. Greece has now opened the cave to the public as one of the sites where events in the novels may actually have happened. Artifacts have been found dating from between 50,000 BC and 3,000 BC. including stone tools, pottery and seeds from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic, as well as skeletons from 15,000, 9,000 and 8,000 BC. Rich diggings indeed.

The cave's large entrance opens to a large rectangular chamber of 5,000 sq.ft.. It is the only known site that contains evidence of two major cultural transitions: the replacement of Neanderthals by Homo sapiens and the change from hunter-gathering to farming.

So Greece is not only the birthplace of democracy and western civilization; it is also a home town of humans. Wouldn't you like to attend a family reunion here?

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      Tiggered 5 years ago

      My sister loves her books :) I find them a bit too cheesy-romantic, but I respect the amount of research she must have done to write them

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      Hi! I'm lensrolling this lens to my 'Looking into History through Ayla's Eyes' lens! 5* for you!