On the 13th of September 2016, Ine Léonard, PhD candidate for the B1 project, travelled to the World Heritage city of Alcalá de Henares near Madrid to attend the 6th annual meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, during which various talks on lithic records, skeletal features, radiometric dating, genetics, isotope ratios and faunal assemblages presented the latest findings on the onset and development of the genus Homo with also ample attention for the genus Pongo, Pan, Paranthropus and Australopiticus. In addition, 139 posters were presented during two elaborate sessions.
Above all, there was an excurs on to the Calvero de la Higuera in the Pinilla del Valle, which includes the hyena den of the Camino Cave (from 140.4 ± 11.3 ky to 91.0 ± 7.9 ky) and the lithic and organic records attributed to Homo neanderthalensis of the Navalmaíllo Rock Shelter (71.7 ± 5.1 ky – 77.2 ± 6.1 ky), Buena Pinta Cave (61.5 ± 5.0 ky and 63.4 ± 5.5 ky) and Des-Cubierta Cave, of which the upper part was removed by erosion and where in a distant gallery was discovered a strange accumulation of bovid and rhinoceros crania as well as the teeth and mandible of a child.
Impressions of the Valle de los Neandertales, Pinilla del Valle (Spain) received at the excursion during the 6th annual meeting of the “European Society for the study of Human Evolution” in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.
Banner: ESHE | Photos: Ine Léonard