Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced on Saturday that the remains of nine Neanderthals have been discovered in Cercio, in the Italian capital, Lazio. The discovery was made more than 80 years after the first skull of this type was found there.
A famous coastal town in the province of Latina, whose name refers to the mythical goddess of magic Ceres, has brought another unusual discovery – as the Minister asserted – that “enriches scientific research” about the Neanderthal who lived in the Ice Age. About 400,000 – 24,000 years ago.
The latest achievement is the result of the work begun last fall to secure the Guattari Cave, named after its discoverer and owner of the area in which the first skull was found in 1939. It made this cave one of the most important places in Europe to research the Middle Paleolithic and the living subspecies of the Rational Man. , As it is called Neanderthals.
“This is a completely unique area, because the collapse of the cave, possibly as a result of an earthquake, closed access to it about 60,000 years ago,” said archaeologist Mario Rolfo of the University of Tor Vergata in Rome.
Inside the cave, according to the researchers, is a unique “data bank” containing various fossils, plant remains, and ruins.