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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 1131
Professor
D.Sandgathe
Semester
Summer

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Europe and Spain What about Europe?  People arriving in Europe at least about 1.4 billion years ago  Probably some form of H. erectus  No good hominin fossils from really early sites to prove they are  Then, H. heidelbergensis arrives at approximately 6-500,000 years ago:  Lots of fossils of this species  Probably came from Africa  H. heidelbergensis in Europe evolves into Neandertals at approximately 250,000 years ago  Then, eventually we modern humans arrive at 40,000 years ago  So far, the oldest sites are in Spain:  Atapuerca, Spain  Orce, Spain - Evidence for the oldest presence of hominins in Europe so far Orce, Spain:  Not a site, but a small basin in south Spain  Basin called Venta Micena dated at approximately 1.6 million years old  Cranial fragments date to 1.6 million years ago  But open question of whether the cranial fragments are hominin
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