What did a person who lived 28,000 years ago really look like

(ORDO NEWS) — In 2018, French researchers reconstructed the face of Cro-Magnon 1, who lived about 28,000 years ago.

It was most likely covered with bumps, with the largest of them probably on the forehead. According to scientists, the bumps were benign tumors associated with a genetic disease.

The remains of Cro-Magnon 1, a man who lived approximately 28,000 years ago, were discovered in 1868 in a cave in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.

More than 150 years have passed since the discovery, but one group of French researchers decided to re-examine the skull of this Cro-Magnon man.

According to anthropologist Philippe Charlier, as a result of the study, experts came to the conclusion that Cro-Magnon 1 suffered from one of the types of neurofibromatosis, a hereditary disease in which, in particular, tumors in the nervous system can develop, and appear on the skin dark spots.

Scientists examined the remains of the Cro-Magnon man, including using computed tomography, and suggested that Cro-Magnon 1 had a neurinoma (a tumor growing from Schwann cells) formed against the background of type 1 neurofibromatosis.

The researchers also reconstructed the appearance of the Cro-Magnon, taking into account the discovered pathology: many formations can be seen on his face, in particular a large bump on his forehead.


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