Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Face Of The First European

The face of the first European, reconstructed by forensic artist Richard Neave. Photo from Telegraph.

Using the incomplete skull and jaw bone in a cave in the southwest of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, scientists had revealed for the first time the face of the first European.

Scientists doesn't know if this modern human is a male or a female but using radiocarbon analysis they found that this individual lived around 34,000 to 36,000 years ago. Around this time, Europe is home to both Neanderthals and modern humans. Modern humans first arrive to Europe from Africa.

The skull of this individual is human-like, though there are also some archaic traits such as large molars. Some scientists speculated that this skull belongs to a Neanderthal and modern human hybrid though it was disproved by many experts.

Richard Neave, a forensic artist used clay to reconstruct this individual for a BBC program about the origins of the human race and evolution.

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