It has been made with three dimensional models of the ear cavities by an international team with the participation of one researcher from IPHES. The study concludes that early hominids had a hearing similar to chimpanzees, but with differences that already closer to modern human. The impact of the previous study about the acoustic capabilities of the preneandertals at Atapuerca has allowed the realization of this research in Australopithecus and Paranthropus.
Most of them lithic artifacts and faunal remains from different species. New evidences of mobile art, shell beads and several stones covered with red pigment have been also found.
70 people will participate in the Atapuerca excavation during the first 15 days and in July the team will increase until approximately 200 members.
The Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution is conducting an international search for a new director after Eudald Carbonell announced that he was standing down in order to spend more time carrying out research in Africa. He will also return to teaching as a professor at the URV and will continue to play a key role in the Atapuerca Foundation.
The presence of a fourth or extra molar in ancient populations is recognized for the first time by a scientific publication. This individual suffered dental decay, abscesses, pulpits, periodontal disease, severe dental wear and tooth picking marks.