The oldest face in Europe – level 3
Scientists found a fossilized jawbone that has clues about Europe’s earliest humans, and they described the discovery as the ‘face of the first European’.
They found the fossil near caves in the mountains in Spain’s Burgos province, and they estimate that it could be about 1.4 million years old. The facial bones belong to the Homo genus; it is one of the first populations that colonized the European continent.
The discovery comes from a period with little evidence of humans in Europe, and scientists hope that the fossil will help them identify the species. They are still working to identify the specific kind of human ancestor, and they believe that the discovery will also help them study the evolution of human faces.
Difficult words: jawbone (the bone of the mouth), colonize (to come to a place and live there), ancestor (a person who lived a long time ago).
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