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1.2 Million Year Old Human Remain Found

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Uploaded on Mar 29, 2008

An exciting discovery in Spain. Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known European jawbone. Scientists say this latest find proves that early humans may have roamed Europe as early as 1.2 million years ago. Here's more.

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The Atapuerca research team is credited with the discovery of the oldest known European jawbone.

It was found in the Sierra de Atapuerca in northern Spain. Bones, fossils and stone tools of the earliest known hominids in Europe have been found in several caves there.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, Spanish researchers say the new find is around 400,000 years older than other remains found at a nearby site 14 years ago.

Research team members say they have many reasons to be happy.

[Jose Luis Arzuaga, Researcher]:
"Today we can celebrate and we can afford to feel satisfied, not only about the publication but also because the research is going very well in a broader way."

Up to now archaeologists had found evidence of human activity in Spain, France and Italy dated at around 1 million years ago but no human remains, only animal bones and stone tools.

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