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Culture presents the 19 year Paleontropológicas and Archaeological excavations of the Sima de las Palomas in Torre Pacheco (09/08/2010)

The director general of the Promotion of Culture and the Book, Francisco Giménez, today, along with the Mayor of Torre Pacheco, Daniel García, and Doctor of the University of Murcia Michael J.

Walker, the 19 campaign Paleontropológicas and Archaeological Excavations of the Sima de las Palomas, Gordo Cabezo located in the hamlet of Dolores de Pacheco, whose scientific excavation has revealed important insights into the Neanderthal Man.

The Sima de las Palomas is the Neanderthal Man site's most important Spanish Mediterranean and the second largest on Fossil Man in the Iberian Peninsula.

Ten years of excavations paleoanthropologists have brought to light the presence of at least eight individuals Neanderthal Man represented by hundreds of bones and teeth, after the first human fossil discovery by a caver in 1991.

The scientific work of excavation and research of the Quaternary paleoanthropological is being conducted by Professor Michael Walker and his national and international scientific collaborators.

Sima de las Palomas

The Sima de las Palomas has provided more Neanderthal Man fossils than any other site of the Spanish Mediterranean, which shows its importance for the study of human evolution.

In the excavations in this prehistoric settlement of the coast of Murcia has been found about 120 bones and teeth for eight individuals of Homo sapiens neanderthalensis.

The fossil human species inhabited Europe until 30,000 years ago, when it was replaced by Homo Sapiens Sapiens, who came from Africa and modern conformation.

Neanderthals had evolved in Europe, and its precursors were those that humans extinct 300,000 years ago left their remains in another pit, the Sima de los Huesos in Atapuerca Burgos cave, which have been designated as Homo heidelbergensis, is ie, the pre-Neanderthals.

Neanderthals from the Sima de las Palomas Gordo Cabezo belong to the Upper Pleistocene period, dating back between 150,000 and 300,000 years, and come along with the typical paleolithic flint tools and burnt bones from many hunting.

The campaign was carried out in 2010 is dedicated firstly to the dismantling of the interior conglomerate, which has provided significant remains, including a thick white flint tip, implementing features of the Neanderthal Man.

Source: CARM

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