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Archaeologists Continue Searching for “First Humans” in Europe at Atapuerca Site in Spain
Hispanically Speaking ^ | July 24, 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 07/27/2013 8:46:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Archaeologists in Spain are busy excavating the Gran Dolonia portion of the Atapuerca archaeological site for clues to the first humans that arrived in Europe.

Many archaeological treasures have come from this northern Spain location known as the caves of the Sierra de Atapuerca. In 2007 human remains were found that date back one and a half million years, considered the oldest Europeans remains ever found. Human remains have also been found from the "Homo antecessor" dating back 850,000-to-950,000-years ago. The youngest remains found here date back a mere 5,000-years ago from the homo sapien species.

The site is in the Sierra de Atapuerca in the province of Burgos, Spain that has thus far rendered multiple findings covering most ancient periods. The site has been under excavation since 1978 and deemed a historic location by UNESCO in 2000.

UNESCO noted: "The Sierra de Atapuerca sites provide unique testimony of the origin and evolution both of the existing human civilization and of other cultures that have disappeared. The evolutionary line or lines from the African ancestors of modern humankind are documented in these sites."

The Gran Dolina, where archaeologist currently are focusing is a cave site with some 19 levels deep of archaeological remains that were first excavated in 1981.

Project director Juan Luis Arsuaga said "It is the site that has yielded the most human remains in the world." That is why experts are confident the site holds the secrets of the first humans in Europe. The current digging will end at the end of this month, then Arsuaga's team will analyze the thousands of fragments found thus far.

From the remains found at Atapuerca, Spanish archaeologists believe these "first Europeans" were probably hunters who lived amongst lions, hippos and rhinos and settled territorial disputes by cannibalizing their enemy.

(Excerpt) Read more at hispanicallyspeakingnews.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: atapuerca; burgos; dmanisi; godsgravesglyphs; grandolonia; homoantecessor; homoerectus; origin; origins; prehistoryandorigins; spain
Photo: Archaeological Site: Atapuerca, Spain

Archaeologists Continue Searching for First Humans in Europe at Atapuerca Site in Spain

1 posted on 07/27/2013 8:46:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 07/27/2013 8:47:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

3 posted on 07/27/2013 8:58:56 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SunkenCiv
Notwithstanding the endorsement from UNESCO, I applaud the work of the archaeologists at this site and many others that have given us insights into the origin of humankind.

What I do not support is what I view as the unwarranted extrapolation on actual data that seems inherent in those who engage in this field of study.


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi and for the Fallen of Seal Team Six!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

4 posted on 07/27/2013 9:02:59 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SunkenCiv

“And settled territorial disputes by cannibalizing their enemy”

Well, it saved them lawyer fees.


5 posted on 07/27/2013 9:08:56 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
LOL!

As a lawyer, I resemble that remark!

What do you call a lawyer who's gone wrong?
"Senator"

What do you call a lawyer with an IQ of 50?
"Your Honor"


America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi and for the Fallen of Seal Team Six!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 07/27/2013 9:26:29 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Many archaeological treasures have come from this northern Spain location known as the caves of the Sierra de Atapuerca. In 2007 human remains were found that date back one and a half million years, considered the oldest Europeans remains ever found."

Stranger In A New Land

Image: JOHN GURCHE PORTRAIT OF A PIONEER With a brain half the size of a modern one and a brow reminiscent of Homo habilis, this hominid is one of the most primitive members of our genus on record. Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructed this 1.75-million-year-old explorer from a nearly complete teenage H. erectus skull and associated mandible found in Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia. The background figures derive from two partial crania recovered at the site.

7 posted on 07/27/2013 9:34:06 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
In 2007 human remains were found that date back one and a half million years,

The book "Darwin's Ghost," by Steve Jones, is a modern chapter by chapter update of Darwin's original "Origin of species."

In that book, Jones tells us that ...

Dozens of Neanderthals have been found. Another almost complete set of bones comes from the famous "Lucy," who lived more than three million years ago.

8 posted on 07/27/2013 9:47:59 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: OldNavyVet
Perhaps if you consider the entire sentence it would clarify the time periods for you.

In 2007 human remains were found that date back one and a half million years, considered the oldest Europeans remains ever found.

"Lucy" and other pre-human fossils have been found in Africa.

9 posted on 07/27/2013 10:00:01 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: OldNavyVet
The following is an excerpt (page 310) from Jones' book ...

The last chapter of The Origin of Species is an abstract of the book's "long argument" in simple, even urgent, terms. It returns with almost poetic intensity to the woodpeckers, wasps, and oaks that make Darwin's case, and contains its most famous sentence: "Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history."

10 posted on 07/28/2013 9:26:26 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: blueunicorn6

It was environmentally friendly also.

:)


11 posted on 07/29/2013 11:23:57 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: SunkenCiv
human remains were found that date back one and a half million years,

Human remains have also been found from the "Homo antecessor" dating back 850,000-to-950,000-years ago.

How do these two fit?

12 posted on 07/31/2013 6:36:48 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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