On a nippy winter day in the Early Cretaceous of northeastern China, the early tyrannosauroid Yutyrannus huali goes fishing through a hole in a frozen lake. Or maybe it’s just getting a drink since it wouldn’t have necessarily made for a good fisher.
Around two hundred thousand years or so ago, this early Homo sapiens chick is admiring the glitter of her gold jewelry.
Gold is quite soft as far as metals go, which makes it easier to work with using primitive equipment. We know Native Americans in various places were able to make gold jewelry and artifacts using stone tools, so it’s my belief that humans could have been working with gold even further back in our prehistoric past. They probably wouldn’t have ascribed any monetary value to it, but early hunter-gatherers still must have admired the shine of gold and wanted to decorate themselves with it.