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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Middle Paleolithic remains found at Basque cave

The research at Arlanpe cave (Lemoa, Biscay, Basque Country) has unveiled important findings from the early Middle Paleolithic period, remains dated to 300-150,000 BP.

Other remains found at this little known cave are from the late Solutrean (c. 17,000 BP) and as recent as the Roman period. Animal remains are also relevant findings, among which has special importance those of brown bear (Ursus arctos) because their genetic analysis have shown that they are more related to Eastern European bear than to the Alpine and Balcanic population.

Sources (all in Spanish):
- Harpea Kultur Elkartea: Arlanpe Project (with images of the lithic assamblages found)
- Gara

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