Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


13 November 2011

Who were Europe’s first humans?, 02-11-2011

Several sets of teeth suggest that ancient humans roamed Europe thousands of years earlier than previously thought. A jawbone and its teeth discovered in a South England cave, Kent’s Cavern, in 1927 is more than 41,000 years old, suggests new dates linked to animal remains in the same cave. Meanwhile, two teeth excavated from a southern Italian site, Grotta del Cavallo, in the 1960s and attributed to Neanderthals may instead belong to modern humans. At 43,000 to 45,000 years old, they are the oldest anatomically modern human remains identified in Europe.

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