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Title: Two deciduous human molars from the early Pleistocene deposits of Barranco León (Orce, Spain)
Author: Ribot i Trafí, Francesc
Gibert Beotas, Lluís
Ferràndez i Cañadell, Carles
Olivares, E.G.
Sánchez, F.
Lería Morillo, María
Keywords: Paleoantropologia
Venta Micena (Orce, Andalusia : Jaciment arqueològic)
Venta Micena Site (Andalusia)
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2015
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Abstract: Recently Toro-Moyano et al. (2013) reported a deciduous tooth from Barranco Leo´n (Spain; BL02-J54-100) and claimed it to be the oldest human fossil in Europe. In that paper, the authors suggest that a previously reported human molar fragment from the same site (BL5-0) was not human but a deciduous molar of Hippopotamus found out of stratigraphic context. Here, we show the stratigraphic and spatial position of BL5-0, and we separate it from deciduous teeth of Hippopotamus. We conclude that two human deciduous molars have been discovered at the Barranco Leo´n site. Both teeth were found 9 meters apart, have a similar size, are heavily worn on the occlusal surface, have a nearly identical interstitial contact facet, and in both cases the roots are practically missing due to resorption. These similarities and the proximity of the finds suggest that both molars probably belonged to the same individual
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It is part of: Current Anthropology, 2015, vol. 56, num. 1, p. 134-142
ISSN: 0011-3204
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