Fossilised skull, Gran Dolina

Fossilised skull, Gran Dolina

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Caption: Fossilised skull, Gran Dolina. Pieces of child's skull and upper jaw (maxillar). It is thought the child died aged between 10-12 years and has been nicknamed 'El Nino de la Gran Dolina' (The Child of Gran Dolina). These fossils, which date back approximately 800,000 years, were 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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