Human Evolution

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 113–119

The Pech de l’Azé and roc de marsal children (middle paleolithic, France): Skeletal evidence for variation in Neanderthal ontogeny

  • A. M. Tillier

DOI: 10.1007/BF02437394

Cite this article as:
Tillier, A.M. Hum. Evol. (1996) 11: 113. doi:10.1007/BF02437394


Almost sixty years separate the discovery of the Pech de l’Azé and Roc de Marsal children in two sites no more than 20 km distant in Southwest of France. Both fossil individuals were recovered from Mousterian layers dated by traditional dating methods but their accurate chronological position within the regional Mousterian sequence remains an open question. The two children differ in some morphological and metric features of their cranial skeleton that are discussed in terms of either temporal or synchronic (i.e. ontogenetic) changes.

Key words

Pech de l’Azé Roc de Marsal calvarium mandible variation Neaderthal 

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© International Institute for the Study of Man 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Tillier
    • 1
  1. 1.URA 376 du CNRS Laboratoire d’Anthropologie de l’Université Bordeaux ITalenceFrance