Fossils Necklaces

Fossils have been used and studied throughout human history. Ancient civilizations often used fossils for religious or decorative purposes, though not always understanding where they came from. In China the fossil bones of ancient mammals including Homo erectus were often mistaken for “dragon bones" and used as medicine and aphrodisiacs. Some ancient Greek and Roman scientists also believed they were evidence of mythological creatures such as dragons, although some scholars did recognize them as remains of previous life forms. From the Middle Ages until the early 1700’s fossils were regarded as works of the devil by some, while others saw them as works of a higher power. It was primarily during the Renaissance that the more scientific views of fossils emerged; Leonardo da Vinci as one example concurring with Aristotle’s view that fossils were the remains of ancient life.