Image: Mauer jaw Homo heidelbergensis side view

Mauer jaw Homo heidelbergensis side view

Cast of Mauer 1, a lower jaw discovered in 1907 in Mauer, near Heidelberg, Germany. This jaw is the ‘type specimen’ or official representative of this species. It was discovered by workers at a gravel quarry which had previously yielded many fossils of extinct mammals. Lying at a depth of about 24 metres, its age is estimated to be between 400,000 and 600,000 years old.

Photographer:
Carl Bento
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© Australian Museum

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