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Thieves break into home of prehistoric Tautavel man


Thieves have stolen a model of the Tautavel Man, one of Europe's oldest discoveries, it emerged on Thursday. Discovered in 1971, the remains are estimated to be up to 450,000 years old.


Head palaeontologist Tony Chevalier said the robbers got into the cave on Tuesday evening, after a research team excavating the site had gone home for the night.

The next day it was discovered that a silicon replica of the Tautavel Man’s skull was no longer there, while a 560,000-year-old bear skull was cracked and had a tooth missing.

When they were discovered in the south of France, Tautavel Man’s remains were the oldest ever found in Europe. The original is held in a research centre on the site.

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