Public Lecture: "The El Sidron Neanderthal site and its relevance for the study of European human evolution"

11 December 2012 - 11 December 2012
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On December 11, 17:00, in the Auditorium of the Georgian National Museum (Purtseladze N 3) famous Spanish scientist Antonio Rosas will give a lecture: "The El Sidron Neanderthal site and its relevance for the study of European human evolution".

El Sidron Neanderthal dwelling site was accidentally discovered in 1994 in El Sidron caves. Remains of 12 individuals were found. Analysis of their MtDNA allowed to make a conclusion that they were representatives of one family who became victims of cannibals . This finding reinforces the hypothesis that there was ritual or habitual cannibalism widespread among Neanderthals. More than 1800 remains and 300 stone artifacts were found since. El Sidron now represents one of the richest sites on Neanderthals who thrived in Europe between 240 000 - 30 000 years.

Antonio Rosas is a head of the Paleontology Department the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid.

Admission is free.