What Was Cro-Magnon Man?


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Cro-Magnon Man, or Cro-Magnon One, was one of the first adult Cro-Magnon fossils from 30,000 years ago, which was found in 1868. Three other Cro-Magnon adults and one child were among the fossils found in a French cave during road construction.

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Scientists discovered that Cro-Magnon Man had a fungal infection at the time of his death. He was younger than 50 years old, and his intact skull showed signs of fungus. The other adults showed long-term traumatic injuries. Cro-Magnons were the ancestors to modern humans. They lived in Western Europe and came from a similar species in Africa. Through the findings, scientists also learned about group behaviors and daily life indicative of Cro-Magnons.

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