STORY: This ancient jawbone could hold
clues about Europe’s earliest humans
Locator: Burgos, Spain
It was found near mountain
caves in northern Spain
and is estimated to be
about 1.4 million years old
JOSE MARIA BERMUDEZ DE CASTRO, ATAPUERCA SITE CO-DIRECTOR, SAYING:
"What we can say is that we have found a fossil that's very important and interesting that belongs to one of the first populations that arrived in Europe, maybe later we will find older ones, but at this moment it is a sample of a representative of one of the oldest populations that colonized the European continent."
EUDALD CARBONELL, ATAPUERCA SITE CO-DIRECTOR, SAYING:
"This discovery will probably help us learn about the species that socialized Europe."
Scientists are still working to identify
the specific kind
of human ancestor
And say it could help them
study the evolution of human faces
JOSE MARIA BERMUDEZ DE CASTRO, ATAPUERCA SITE CO-DIRECTOR, SAYING (AS HE HOLDS A JAW FOUND IN ATAPUERCA IN 1995):
"We will be able to compare and we can work on the hypotheses of the origin of the face of man. This is truly marvelous and it's one of the great virtues of this finding."