A Neanderthal infant from the Barakai Cave, Western Caucasus Academic Article uri icon


  • The mandible of the infant found in Mousterian context in the Barakai Cave, Western Caucasus, displays a suite of distinctively Neanderthal characteristics, expressed in the size and shape of the mandible and teeth, absence of chin and taurodontic teeth with extremely thin enamel. The stage of dental development suggests an age of 3 years relative to standards for modern children. When compared to Neanderthal mandibles of children of similar dental age the Barakai mandible is relatively large and robust.

publication date

  • January 1, 1994