1. Are the hand painted ceramic plates food safe?

Yes, they are created with only non-toxic, food safe materials.

2. Are they made with decals?

No, absolutely not. No decals or stencils. They are painted by hand one at a time with underglazes then several coats of a clear glaze is applied and then they are fired to approximately 2,0000 degrees Fahrenheit in a kiln.

3. How durable are the ceramic plates?

These heavyweight plates are durable enough for everyday use.

4. Can I put them in the dishwasher or microwave?

Yes, the plates can be put in the dishwasher or a microwave oven.

5. What do the letters BCE mean?

BCE means 'before the common era'.  BCE and CE 'common era' are secular designations that are alternate to using BC and AD.

6. How many different plates are in the Early Man Series?

There are currently seven species represented and each species skull is illustrated with two views. The seven species are; Australopithecus africanus, Homo naledi, Homo erectus, Homo heildelbergensis, Homo floresiensis, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens.

7. Are the skull depictions in the Early Man Series accurate?

Yes, they are extremely accurate both in appearance and size. I present the artwork in a way that is aesthetically appealing yet fundamentally true to fact.

8. What is the size of the plates?

These heavyweight plates are approximately 12 inches in diameter.

9. Are the plates signed?

Yes, each plate is signed on the back by me as I create it.

10. What is Anthropology?

From the Greek root anthropo, meaning human. The Merriam-Webster dictionary - Anthropology is the science of human beings; especially : the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.

11. What is Paleoanthropology?

From the Greek root palaeos, meaning old, ancient.  Wikipedia - Paleoanthropology is the study of the formation and the development of the specific characteristics of humans and the reconstruction of evolutionary kinship lines in the Family: Hominidae - Tribe: Hominini, by means of the study of fossils, such as skeletal remains, bone fragments, footprints and associated evidence, stone tools, artifacts, and settlement localities. As technologies and methods advance, genetics plays an ever increasing role in paleoanthropology, in particular examining and comparing DNA structure as a vital tool of research of the evolutionary kinship lines of related species and genera.

12. What is Archaeology?

It comes from the Greek root archaeo-, for "ancient, primitive." The scientific study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of their artifacts, inscriptions, monuments, and other such remains, especially those that have been excavated.

13. What is Paleontology?

It comes from the Greek root palaeos, meaning old, ancient and ontos meaning 'being' + ology 'study of'.  Paleontology is the science of the forms of life that existed in the past as represented by their fossils.

14. Are the ceramic plates all the same color?

Yes, I use the exact same color glazes on each plate. If you see any differences in the pictures as it relates to color that is from the photographic process and not because they are slightly different in color.

15. What about those dates on the Plates?

The dating for the individual species that I use on the plates is based on the currently accepted dates. As new information comes in these dates could change. Also I use the oldest dates. It has been my experience that the dates for the different species keep getting pushed farther back the more we know. As an example, I am using 500,000 for beginning date of the Neanderthals. In 2016 new DNA analysis has revealed this date could be pushed back to 765,000. But until there is a more general consensus of opinion on that I will use the 500,000 year mark.