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Palaeontology

The face of a woman who lived 7,500 years ago

By T.K. Randall
September 19, 2019 · Comment icon 16 comments



The reconstruction was breathtakingly detailed. Image Credit: YouTube / Gibraltar Chronicle
Forensic experts have created a detailed reconstruction of a Neolithic woman found in a cave in Gibraltar.
Named Calpeia in reference to Gibraltar's classical name, the woman, who was thought to have been in her 30s when she died, was painstakingly recreated over a six-month period by a team led by Gibraltar National Museum Conservator Manuel Jaen.

Her remains were discovered buried in a cave in 1996.

"We were able to extract DNA from the skull so we know a number of things," said Professor Clive Finlayson. "We know she was a female, we know she had features associated with dark hair/eyes."
"And the interesting thing was when we look at her ancestry, 10 per cent of her genes were local Mesolithic hunter gatherers', but 90 per cent of her genes were from Anatolia [modern-day Turkey]."

The completed reconstruction was unveiled by Minister for Heritage Dr John Cortes on Sept 10th.

"When I saw what you are about to see a few days ago it was breath-taking, congratulations to Manuel for this incredible piece of work," he said. "This young lady, I think she was late 30s early 40s, lived in Gibraltar seven and a half thousand years ago. She was buried in a cave at Europa Point."



Source: Chronicle.gi | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Timothy 4 years ago
My uncanny valley must be deeper than yours. I donít trust her!† I wonder how accurate it really is though?
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
Looks pretty much like someone you might meet in Spain today. Interesting that she had 90% DNA from Turkey. She, or her parents/tribe, must have migrated a long way. Maybe the 7000 years ago version of gypsies?
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
Does she have a sister by any chance?† Seriously though, what would be interesting is if we could locate her closest living descendants today...† ~
Comment icon #10 Posted by psyche101 4 years ago
That's really interesting. I do love what modern technology can do. Thanks for posting.
Comment icon #11 Posted by and then 4 years ago
Bill Clinton made a similar comment once about an Egyptian mummy that was a princess of some kind.† Bless his heart...
Comment icon #12 Posted by and then 4 years ago
I do also.† I think it would be interesting to sit in on some lectures that explain the measurements and processes they use to obtain a result.††
Comment icon #13 Posted by skookum 4 years ago
She seems to have quite a modern top on for her era. Next must have had a sale on.
Comment icon #14 Posted by zygote_myles 4 years ago
Wow. Literally a timeless beauty.†
Comment icon #15 Posted by Timothy 4 years ago
Exactly.† All good and done well to satisfy. I want them to also publish their possible worst representation.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Antnanna 4 years ago
Was my first thought


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