In France archaeologists have discovered fragments of ancient human remains
Young volunteers assisted the archaeologists discovered in southwestern France to the cave of Arago d prehistoric tooth that belonged to an adult, who lived half a million years ago. Despite the fact that the tooth is quite badly preserved and to explore it will be difficult, the staff of the Center for prehistoric studies of Tatavla will try to learn about the morphology of the first Europeans and to increase knowledge about their features.
Excavations were conducted last week on Thursday, July 23, near the southern French city of Perpignan. Young archaeologists and volunteers are shocked by the discovery, which they named Arago 149. The tooth was found and recognized as the oldest piece of human remains found in Europe. According to the archaeologists, the tooth belonged to an adult, who lived 560 thousand years ago.
“Large tooth of the adult – not to say a man or a woman – was found during excavations in a layer whose age we estimated at 550 thousand years since used various Dating methods”, – said paleoanthropology Amelie Vialle edition of L’express.
Summer receptibility near the village of Tautavel in the pyrénées-Orientales region. It turns out that this area is not for the first time brings major discoveries to paleontologists. In 1971, in the surroundings of the same town were found the remains of arhantrop age from 300 thousand to 460 thousand years, which today is one of the oldest known human ancestors in Europe. “Tetevenski people” who belong to the Neanderthals, had a low forehead and protruding upper jaw. Scientists even suggest that “Tetevenski man” could use fire and possessed the beginnings of speech.
However, the new find was made by volunteers, exceeds the age of the last 100 thousand years, therefore, recognized as the most ancient in Europe.
“In spite of its very worn condition this finding should help researchers, mainly from the Centre for prehistoric studies of Tatavla, learn more about the morphology of the first Europeans”.
The human teeth from that period – a major boon for science, and it is a big luck, because in Europe very few fossil human remains.