20 November 1998
Vol 282, Issue 5393

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COVER La Dame à la Capuche, a 25,000-year-old statuette (3.65 centimeters tall) made of mammoth ivory from the site of Brassempouy, France. It is one of many female figurines dating from the Gravettian period, 28,000 to 22,000 years ago. The explosion of artistic creativity in ice age Europe is one of the watersheds in prehistory explored in the special News report beginning on page 1441. [Photo: Randall White/Musée des Antiquités Nationales]