Le Rozel

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Le Rozel
The village
The village
Location of Le Rozel
Le Rozel is located in France
Le Rozel
Le Rozel
Le Rozel is located in Normandy
Le Rozel
Le Rozel
Coordinates: 49°29′16″N 1°49′39″W / 49.4878°N 1.8275°W / 49.4878; -1.8275Coordinates: 49°29′16″N 1°49′39″W / 49.4878°N 1.8275°W / 49.4878; -1.8275
CantonLes Pieux
IntercommunalityCA Cotentin
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jules Leonard
5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
 • Density48/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
50442 /50340
Elevation0–102 m (0–335 ft)
(avg. 20 m or 66 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Le Rozel is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

Its INSEE number is 50442, and its postal code is 50340.


Neanderthals are thought to have been in the area, around 80,000 years ago, with evidence provided by 257 footprints fossilised in sandy mud alongside other archaeological material, excavated between 2012-17.[2][3] Most of the footprints were small and clearly made by children (10-14 people). The discovery at Le Rozel is the largest of rare fossil footprints of the hominin. Technically, some of the footprints were isolated one after another and 88 of them were complete footprints, having a length range between 11.4 cm (4.5 in) and 28.7 cm (11.3 in).[4][5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ George, Alison (9 September 2019). "Ancient footprints show Neanderthals may have been taller than thought". New Scientist. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ Couronne, Ivan (10 September 2019). "Following Neanderthals' footsteps to learn how they lived". Phys.org. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  4. ^ Schuster, Ruth (9 September 2019). "French Neanderthals Had Lots of Kids, Fossil Footprints Show". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  5. ^ Cliquet, Dominique; Laisné, Gilles; Verna, Christine; Berillon, Gilles; Duveau, Jérémy (9 September 2019). "The composition of a Neandertal social group revealed by the hominin footprints at Le Rozel (Normandy, France)". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 201901789. doi:10.1073/pnas.1901789116. ISSN 0027-8424. PMID 31501334. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Over 250 Neanderthal Footprints Reveal Clues to the Ancient Humans' Social Lives". D-brief. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  7. ^ Daley, Jason (10 September 2019). "Hundreds of Ancient Footprints Reveal a Snapshot of Neanderthal Family Life". Smithsonian.com. Retrieved 17 September 2019.