Image: Cro-Magnon 1 skull Homo sapiens side view

Cro-Magnon 1 skull Homo sapiens side view

Cast of skull Cro-Magnon 1. This is a 32,000-year-old skull discovered in 1868 in Cro-Magnon rockshelter, Les Eyzies, France. ‘Cro-Magnon Man’ is commonly used for the modern humans that inhabited Europe from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago.

This adult male represents the oldest known skull of a modern human from western Europe. Cro-Magnon skeletons have proportions similar to those of modern Africans rather than modern Europeans. This suggests that the Cro-Magnons had migrated from a warmer climate and had a relatively recent African ancestry.

Carl Bento
© Australian Museum

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