La Ferrassie 1

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La Ferrassie 1
Ferrassie skull.jpg
Mold of La Ferrassie 1
Catalog number La Ferrassie 1
Species Homo neanderthalensis
Age 70–50,000
Place discovered La Ferrassie, France
Date discovered 1909
Discovered by Capitan & Peyrony

La Ferrassie 1 is a male Neanderthal skeleton estimated to be 70–50,000 years old. It was discovered at the La Ferrassie site in France by Louis Capitan and Denis Peyrony in 1909. The skull is the largest and most complete Neanderthal skull ever found.[1]

The skull displays many of the "classic" examples of Neanderthal anatomy, including a low a, sloping forehead and large nasal openings. His leg and feet bones makes it clear that Neanderthals walked upright like modern humans. The teeth are well preserved and the incisors are heavily worn down, suggesting they were used to hold objects.[1]

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  • "La Ferrassie". Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program. 2010. Retrieved December 2012. 

Coordinates: 44°57′07″N 0°56′17″E / 44.95194°N 0.93806°E / 44.95194; 0.93806