A possible Homo erectus jaw from Sicevo Gorge, Serbia

John Hawks just pointed out a press release announcing a new hominid from Serbia. The site is a cave in the Sicevo Gorge. The site is dated to the Middle Pleistocene, or around 130,000 to 250,000 years old. The press release doesn’t provide a definitive dating technique, just saying that the,

“The [remains were] found at a depth of four meters, below a Neanderthal village.”

The specimen is a mandibular fragment with three complete teeth. Dusan Mihailovic, the leader of the excavations at Sicevo Gorge thinks the jaw is of a Homo erectus, but again the press release doesn’t provide any information of a thorough comparative analysis…

Here’s a photo of Dusan Mihailovic holding the mandible:

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