The major phases of the discovery.

All of these discoveries offer proof that Tautavel Man, an ancestor of Neanderthal Man, was slightly different from his contemporaries living Asia and Africa. This is why the species bears the name of Homo erectus tautavelensis.


 
1964
The archaeological campaign begins.

1969
Mandibule Arago 2
The first spectacular find.
The Arago 2 mandible was discovered in the middle of culinary remains of animals eaten by prehistoric hunters. Tools were scattered in the area. This jaw is fractured, and it probably belonged to a woman between forty and fifty years old. The jaw is typical pre-Neanderthal.


1970
Mandibule Arago 13.
Discovery of a mandible of a young man of about twenty. The third molar showed very little wear. This is an archaic pre-Neanderthal mandible.

1971
Skull Arago 21
A human skull was found in the midst of culinary remains, like all the other humans in the Arago Cave. The floor was strewn with a layer of large stones that were carried in by humans. The individual was young, not more than twenty years old, the third molar was intact, and the fronto-parietal suture had not yet closed. The skull is that of a healthy male with a receding forehead, large brow ridges, a markedly protruding lower jaw and low cranial capacity. All of these are characteristics of European Homo erectus, the ancestor of Neanderthal Man.

1973
Tooth Arago 27

1975
Fibula Arago 33

1978
Hip bone Arago 44
The discovery of this left hip bone confirmed that the man was bipedal. It was found in the same layer as the skull Arago 21.

1979
Parietal bone Arago 47
Discovery of a right parietal bone three meters from the skull Arago 21. The two pieces fit together perfectly.

Maxilla Arago 45

1980
Femur Arago 51

1981
Tooth Arago 54

2000
Humerus Arago 82

2001
Mandible Arago 89