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Professor Henry de Lumley, French anthropologist, with the fossilised skeleton of a Cro-Magnon human. In 1971, de Lumley discovered the skull of Tautavel Man, a Homo erectus or H. sapiens human from around 450,000 years ago. He also studied the numerous cave paintings found in France in the mid-20th century. These are thought to have been made by the Cro-Magnons, who lived in Europe from around 50,000 years ago. The skeleton seen here, which is wearing a cap adorned with shells, was found in the Cavillon cave at Baldi Rossi in Italy, and is thought to be around 35,000 years old. Professor de Lumley also conceived the idea of the Museum of Prehistory in Quinsom, France.
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