Tribe Hb-238NA

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Artist rendering of Tribe Hb-238NA

Tribe Hb-238NA were a small group of hominid nomads who lived during the Upper Paleolithic Period roughly 130,000 years ago. Discovery of the group's remains upended previous migration models, placing an extinct hominid farther east than ever recorded, and roughly 10,000 years earlier than expected. The group's perfectly preserved camp also provided surprising insights into early hominid culture. They're known today for their intricate and beautiful orbwork, which they used to adorn their clothing and personal belongings.

Demise and Preservation

Dozens of decorative orbs made from bones of homo sapiens were among the items recovered. The Verchwörer Institute of Art

Their bodies, camp, and all of the tribe's possessions had been preserved when a mud slide buried and killed 26 individuals near the Opocheeka River. The site was discovered in 1966 during a ceremonial groundbreaking event for a theme park outside the town of Porsonville.

In Popular Culture

Decorative orb company Orbsmann's obtained the entirety of the tribe's orbs just days after their discovery in 1966. They remained sealed in the Orbsmann's labs until 2008, when they were donated to The Verchwörer Institute of Art's Hb-238NA collection.

Tribe Hb-238NA is believed to be the inspiration for the 1980 novel "The Clan of the Cave Bear" by Jean Auel. In the novel, the Tribe is a small group of Neanderthals who live in caves in the mountains. The novel follows the life of the main character, Ayla, as she grows up with the Tribe.

The "GEICO Cavemen" characters are based on specific members of Tribe Hb-23NA.

In 2022, Skeleton Realm were appointed as the Scholarly Guardian Organization for Tribe Hb-238NA and were tasked with raising awareness through edutainment, pop-science, and explainer videos.