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Into the Pit of Human History

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Science  30 May 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5317, pp. 1332
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5317.1332

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One rich locality in Spain has yielded not only a new species, Homo antecessor, but also a cache of younger bones--the remains of at least 32 young adults of H. heidelbergensis. Their bodies were apparently cast into a pit some 300,000 years ago, but researchers are still puzzling over what--or who--killed them.