I was looking for the “appearance” of “the infamous chin” in fossil skulls. Also, a few skulls kept popping up that were quite “visually” distinctive: Short, almost squashed facial features, small rectangular eye-sockets, vertically short and pointy chin; small nose; “globe head”. They are labeled Cro-Magnon. Other quite different long-faced skulls are also labeled Cro-Magnon, stretching in location across Eurasia and into North America. Some Native Americans are labeled Cro-Magnon (actually Caucasian component), but is this a mistake on the part of “enthusiastic” skull identifiers in the past ?
Is the “high forehead” an illusion caused by the flattened facial proportions – reduced brow ridge and jaw?
This “type” can be seen in contemporary humans.
The usual caveat as to internet reliability of labels, sources.
Changing skin color does not change the impression that “Cro-Magnon” is what we would identify as European; only what latitude he might inhabit from south to north, or even the change in an individual from summer to winter.
Two comparisons Neanderthal / Cro-Magnon. (not to scale?)
Daynes reconstruction left: 30,000 ya / Reconstruction from Sweden, 6700 ya.
Above: Blue-eyed, dark-skinned Hunter Gatherer; Spain 7,000 ya.
Below: At last, found correct label: Reconstruction 7,500 y.a. forager, Norway FOTO: ARKEOLOGISK MUSEUM/UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER