Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Spy Caves

Archaeological site found in 1886 near Namur, Belgium, dated to the Pleistocene (early Würm, estimated age about 60 kya), and that contains Mousterian artifacts and hominid remains including two nearly complete male skeletons, possible burials, attributed to Homo neanderthalensis, Spy 1 and 2, with estimated cranial capacities of 1553 and 1305 cm3, respectively. The linear builds of these skeletons was the first sound evidence that the reconstruction of the Old Man of La Chapelle was a pathological specimen. Aka Spy d’Orneau, Betcheaux-Rotches Cave.

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