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Lower jaw of Azykhantrop, in Azerbaijan State Museum of History

Azykhantrop[1], or "Azyk Man", is the lower jaw of a presumably female Homo heidelbergensis pre-Neanderthal. The fossil was found in Azykh Cave, Khojavand, Azerbaijan SSR, in 1968, by Azerbaijani Mammadali Huseynov.

No reliable date has been produced, but estimates range from 450,000 to 50,000 years ago.[2]

Acheulean Paleolithic implements and remains of fire were also found out in the cave. Starting in the mid 1990s, researchers from Armenia, England, Ireland and Spain began renewed excavations at Azykh Cave.[3]


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