The Pech de l’Azé and roc de marsal children (middle paleolithic, France): Skeletal evidence for variation in Neanderthal ontogeny
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- Tillier, A.M. Hum. Evol. (1996) 11: 113. doi:10.1007/BF02437394
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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.