News ID: 252949
Published: 0243 GMT May 17, 2019

Ancient Homo sapiens skull unveiled in Iran

Ancient Homo sapiens skull unveiled in Iran

Part of an ancient skull belonging a Homo sapiens (modern humans), discovered in an archaeological site in western Iran, was unveiled in Lorestan Province on Friday.

The ceremony was attended by the provincial governor, Moosa Khademi, IRNA wrote.

According to an archaeologist, the third phase of archaeological excavations at Koldar Cave in the city of Khorramabad in Lorestan Province unearthed part of the skull of a Homo sapiens, which is regarded as one of the rarest discoveries in West Asia.

“Given the great antiquity of the cultural evidence discovered from the new Paleolithic layers at Koldor Cave, which is currently considered Iran’s most ancient new Paleolithic site, the data is seen as one of the rarest discoveries [of its kind] in West Asia,” Behrouz Badgir said.

“It can be part of the missing link in the chain of man’s evolution and the paths through which Homo sapiens migrated from the African Continent to Asia, southwest Asia, Eurasia, and finally Europe, and can be regarded as a significant discovery in Paleolithic studies across the world.”

He said a renowned Dutch paleontologist has conducted preliminary studies on the discovered item to identify the species to which the piece of bone belongs.

He noted more details on the new discovery will be announced after more precise studies are carried out by anatomy, genetics and other experts.



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