Fossilised jaw, Gran Dolina

Fossilised jaw, Gran Dolina

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Caption: Fossilised jaw, Gran Dolina. Piece of child's upper jaw (maxillar). It is thought the child died at between 10-12 years old and has been nicknamed 'El Nino de la Gran Dolina' (The Child of Gran Dolina). This fossil, which dates back approximately 800,000 years, was found in level TD6 of the Gran Dolina site and is part of a collection that led to the naming of a new human species, Homo antecessor. Gran Dolina is one of several archaeological sites in Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain, that have been studied on and off over the past century, leading to a massive advancement in the understanding of human evolution. In 2000, Sierra de Atapuerca was made a world heritage site by UNESCO.

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