Makin' Bones About Bones
December 10, 2002 10:27 AM   Subscribe

Atapuerca (in Spanish, with incomplete English translation) is the site of the earliest European hominid ancestors yet found in Europe. Two of the most stunning finds are Gran Dolina, where the first Homo antecessor fossils were found, and Sima de los Huesos, site of the most complete Homo heidelbergensis fossils ever excavated. And soon: an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York. I know my plans for January 11th.
posted by The Michael The (3 comments total)
Forgot to mention, it's also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
posted by The Michael The at 11:19 AM on December 10, 2002

Wow interesting stuff, thanks for the links TMT, I'll go check it out in January too.
posted by riffola at 7:27 PM on December 10, 2002

The Michael The, thanks for this really fascinating post, and the heads up about the upcoming NYC exhibit.
Here's a wonderful illustration of what the Atapuerca family might have looked like by an artist who specializes in reconstructing Pleistocene life. Be sure to visit his cat site too - pretty cool.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:59 PM on December 11, 2002

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