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Four million years of back pain

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Hominin vertebrae are scarce fossils due to the inherent fragility of this anatomical element. Surprisingly, a high percentage of the vertebrae found in the fossil record ranging from Australopithecus, through Homo erectus to Neandertals show a plethora of lesions that also speak about the past lifeways of extinct hominids. In this talk this evidence will be reviewed and a case study from the Middle Pleistocene site of Sima de los Huesos (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain) will be explained in detail.

This talk is part of the Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminar Series series.

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