The oldest modern humans in Europe

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Several human bones were discovered in 2002 in a cave in south-western Romania, “Pestera cu oase” by three Romanian speleologists from Timisoara:  Adrian Bilgar, Stefan Milota and Laurentiu Sarcina.

With the help of Prof Trinkaus, Washington University, the C14 dating of a mandible found in the cave was possible. And so, the relics were placed 35000 years ago, becoming the oldest remains of modern humans in Europe.

Anthropological studies showed unique characteristic of these specimens, giving new interesting insights into the development of modern humans.

Other humans’ remains were found in Romania at Muierii and Ciclovina caves, dating “only” 31000 years ago.

photo: artsci.wustl.edu

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