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Cultural trip to the paleontological site of La Cueva Victoria de Cartagena (02/11/2018)

The Victoria cave is a paleontological site located in the municipality of Cartagena (Spain).

It is located on the southern slope of Cabezo de San Ginés, within a calcareous massif near the Mar Menor and the eastern foothills of the mining sierra of Cartagena-La Union, and was excavated by the Catalan paleontologist Josep Gibert i Clols.

It is a karstic site that during the Lower Pleistocene worked as a hyena's den.

It has found fossils of abundant fauna such as Hippopotamus antiquus, Canis etruscus, Mammuthus meridionalis, Equus granatensis, Stephanorhinus etruscus, Homotherium crenatidens, Megantereon, Pachicrocuta brevirrostris and Theropithecus oswaldi, an African cercopithecidae.

It is declared as a "geological place of international interest in Spain" (Geosite) by the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, under the name "VP011: Cueva Victoria", within the category "vertebrate sites of the Pliocene-Spanish Pleistocene." ?

The most significant remains of the Victoria Cave are small fossils that Professor Gibert identified as human remains?

and that dated in 1200000 years, contemporaries to those of the man of Orce of the paleontological deposit of Venta Micena, province of Granada.

If confirmed to be human remains the fossils of Cueva Victoria, together with those of Venta Micena, would probably correspond to Homo erectus,?

and they would be perhaps the first humans to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and colonize Europe.

Saturday, November 10

9:00 am

Inscriptions: The Archaeological Museum Los Baños de Alhama de Murcia.

Limited places.

Source: Agencias

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