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Fossilised bone, Gran Dolina

Fossilised bone, Gran Dolina

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JAVIER TRUEBA / MSF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JAVIER TRUEBA / MSF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Fossilised bone, Gran Dolina. Piece of an adult's toe bone (phalange). 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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