Image: Swanscombe skull Homo heidelbergensis back view

Swanscombe skull Homo heidelbergensis back view

Cast of a skull from Swanscombe in Kent, England, discovered in 1935, 1936 and 1955 (in three separate pieces). The remains were dated to about 300,000 years ago by chemical tests and by association with animal remains and Acheulean hand axes also found at the site. The face of the cranium has not been found but the back of the cranium, as seen here, resembles the Steinheim skull. Debates surrounds its classification - is it Homo heidelbergensis or an early Neanderthal?

Photographer:
Carl bento
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© Australian Museum

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