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Remains of ancient man found in Spain

March 27 2008

Jawbone and teeth found in Spanish caves of the Sierra de Atapuerca, scholars date 1,1-1,2 million years. The small size of the jaw caused researchers to assume that the bone belonged to a woman. In those found in the Sierra de Atapuerca - stone tools and animal bones with cut out for them pictures.

"This is the oldest human remains found in Eastern Europe", - said the director of the Spanish National Centre for study of human evolution Bermundes Jose Maria de Castro about the latest findings of scientists.

Bermundes de Castro, co-authored an article in the journal Nature, where archaeologists have described the results of recent excavations in Spain. Head of Human Evolution Research Center said that human remains found in Atapuerca, have similar anatomical features with the remains of ancient people discovered in Dmanisi, Georgia.

Scientists suggest that people who lived in Georgia 1.7 million years ago, were among the first people of African descent. In the Spanish countryside Atapuerca have previously been found numerous sites of ancient peoples.

In the mid 1990's Spanish anthropologists have discovered in the region of the skull age 780 thousand years. The results of this discovery, scientists have identified a new type - Homo antecessor (Man preceding), suggesting that this species is an ancestor of Neanderthals and modern human physical type.

Head of the Department of Anthropology London's Natural History Museum, Chris Stringer said that while no hurry to tie the recent discovery in the Sierra de Atapuerca of Homo antecessor. However, Stringer concurred with our Spanish colleagues, calling a new discovery is of exceptional interest.

"She inspires us with confidence that Europe was not left out in the migration routes of ancient man" - said the London Natural History Museum, writes the BBC.

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