Cro-Magnon / A Casual Visual Inquiry

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.

Reconstruction from Cro-Magnon skull

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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?)



Brain case is called “voluminous” – but is this misleading? Form – shape does not equal “volume”


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 











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