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Cranium 17

FOUL PLAY  Cranium 17 was pieced together from 52 bone fragments fished from Spain’s Sima de los Huesos cave. Dating back 430,000 years, the skull exhibits signs of two traumatic injuries above the left eye, at least one of which proved fatal.

upper jaw with teeth

LUCY’S RELATIVE  Fossils discovered in Ethiopia, including this partial upper jaw with teeth, come from a hominid species that lived alongside Lucy’s species between 3.5 million and 3.3 million years ago, researchers say. 

stone tool

ROCK STEADY  A stone tool discovered at a 3.3-million-year old site in Kenya displays edge damage where sharp pieces of rock were removed, its discoverers say. 

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