They rebuilt the face of a Neanderthal that lived more than 50,000 years ago

The Netherlands National Museum of Antiquities presented a facial reconstruction of the first Dutch Neanderthal, Krijn, a young man who lived between 50,000 and 70,000 years ago and whose skull fragment was located two decades ago.

The Neanderthal fossil, which can be seen in the museum until October 31, has a noticeable bulge in the right eye, the result of a small tumor, and was located twenty years ago in Zealand by amateur paleontologist Luc Anthonis, after being sucked out of the North Sea by a suction dredger off the coast.

The localized bone fragment was only four by six centimeters, but it was the first piece of a Neanderthal to be unearthed from the North Sea and the first time this human species was found in the Netherlands.

Since then, the piece has been under investigation at the University of Leiden, together with the network of experts at the Max Planck Institute, and it was concluded that Krijn was a “quite robust” young man and ate mainly meat, according to an examination. stable isotopes.

As for the gap behind his large arch of the eyebrow, the researchers, who nicknamed the young man “Neanderthal Krijn”, assure that it is the result of a harmless subcutaneous tumor, although “such a condition has never been diagnosed in a Neanderthal before” , the museum stressed.

Adrie and Alfons Kennis, two famous Dutch paleoartists, analyzed the distinctive features of various Neanderthal skulls to create a “scientifically sound” face for Krijn, one of the inhabitants of Doggerland, the prehistoric land submerged in the North Sea off the Dutch coast. , when sea level was at least 50 meters lower than it is now.

The Kennis are known for various reconstructions of prehistoric humans, such as Ötzi, the mummy of “The Iceman” or the figure of an 11-year-old boy.

Source: EFE. Photos: AFP.

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