A study group co-directed by Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., teacher of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, has dated an individual jawbone from the Romanian bear hibernation cave to between 34,000 and 36,000 years back. That means it is the first understood modern individual fossil in European countries.
Other human being bones through the exact same cave вЂ” a temporal bone tissue, a facial skeleton and a partial braincase вЂ” are still undergoing analysis, but they are probably be the exact same age. The jawbone ended up being present in February 2002 in Pestera cu Oase вЂ” the вЂњCave with BonesвЂќ вЂ” located when you look at the southwestern Carpathian Mountains. One other bones had been present in June 2003.
A peoples jawbone (left), dated to between 34,000 and 36,000 years back, along side a facial skeleton (center) and a temporal bone tissue (right), both of that are nevertheless undergoing analysis, but are apt to be equivalent age due to the fact jawbone.