Lumpy tumor shown on facial reconstruction of Neanderthal who lived on ‘drowned land’


A 3D facial reconstruction of the Neanderthal, called Krijn, who had a tumor above his ideal eyebrow. (Image credit: RMO)

You can now look into the crinkly eyes of “Krijn,” a young Neanderthal guy who had a tumor growing on his skull when he passed away approximately 70,000 years earlier.

In 2001, an amateur paleontologist discovered a piece of Krijn’s skull while sorting through sediments gathered from the bottom of the North Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands. Now, paleo-anthropological artists have actually utilized that hunk of skull to produce a natural bust of Krijn, consisting of the bulge above his ideal eyebrow where the tumor sat. 

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