A New Reconstruction of the Shanidar 5 Cranium

  • Thorne A
  • Grove C
  • Chech M
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Abstract

nullA reconsideration of the Iraqi Neandertal Shanidar 5 cranium has demonstrated that the left parietal bone was incorrectly oriented. The proper orientation removes any indication of the mid-sagittal parietal profile of the specimen. It is therefore no longer possible to maintain that the individual experienced artificial cranial deformation, although Shanidar 5 and the other Shanidar Neandertal crania have unusual levels frontal mid-sagittal flatness.

Une nouvelle observation du crâne néandertalien Shanidar 5 (Irak), a montré que, lors de sa reconstruction, le pariétal gauche avait été mal positionné. Une correction de l'orientation du pariétal enlève toute indication du profil sagittal des pariétaux. Il n 'est donc plus possible de maintenir que Shanidar 5 a subi une déformation artificielle du crâne et ce même si tous les crânes néandertaliens de Shanidar présentent un aplatissement frontal exceptionnel.

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Authors

  • Alan Thorne

  • C.p. Grove

  • Mario Chech

  • Erik Trinkaus

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