Monday, 04 May, 2009 Science
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Face of First European Rebuilt

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Using bone fragments, scientists managed to meticulously reconstruct the face of the first early European human. However, it is still difficult to determine whether it's a man or woman. It is known, however, that the first European lived about 35,000 years ago on the territory of today's Romania, specifically in the Carpathian Mountains.

The face of the first European human was reconstructed from clay and is based on an incomplete skull and jawbone that were found in 2002 in a cave, where, until the discovery, hibernated bears. Richard Neave is a forensic artist who created the model after making certain measurements of the pieces of the discovered bones.

According to Mr. Neave, the skull is not really European, or Asian or African. He says that it represents a mixture of the three races.

With the help of radiocarbon analysis, scientists found that the bones are between 34,000 and 36,000 years old. Back then the European continent was the home of both Neanderthal man and anatomically-modern humans that are known as Homo sapiens. The latter are believed to first arrive to Europe from Africa, reports Daily Mail.

"Taken together, the material is the first that securely documents what modern humans looked like when they spread to Europe," said Erik Trinkaus from Washington University, Missouri.

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