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Face of first modern European, reconstructed after a discovery from a cavern in Romania


The face of the first European who lived 35,000 years ago in the Carpathian Mts, in the present territory of Romania, was re-constructed in a first, on the basis of bones found in the county of Caras-Serverin, western Romania, in a cavern.

The reconstruction of the face was made for a documentary „Incredible journey”, which will be aired on BBC 2. It reviews the origin and evolution of humankind. The document presents both the place where the first people appeared, in Africa, and the migrating routes that made the human species populate lands far away, said British daily The Independent, taken over by several dailies from Romania.

The skull of „the first modern European”, as it was called subsequently, was discovered in 2002 in Romania, at the Pestera de Oase (Bone Cavern), where the bears in the area hibernate. The area lies in the South-Western Carpathians, Caras-Severin. The scientists dated the bones using radioactive carbon, they said they are 34,000-36,000 years old, when Europe was populated both by the Neandethals, who lived in the region for hundreds of thousands of years, and by modern people, Homo Sapiens, who arrived more recently on a migrating route from Africa to Europe, via the Middle East.

The Neanderthals lived in Europe for 300, 000 years, surviving the Glacial Era, but they survived the Glacial Era, and disappeared some 25,000 years ago, from reasons not known yet. Homo Sapiens arrived


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