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The mandibular canal of the "old man" of Cro-Magnon: anatomical-radiological study.

Goudot P.

Service de Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale et Stomatologie, Hopital Lapeyronie, Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Montpellier, France. chir-maxillofac-sec@chu-montpellier.fr

INTRODUCTION: The radiological study of the 'old man' of Cro-Magnon mandible complements the one published about the mandibular canal of the "Neanderthal Man" of La Chapelle-aux-Saints with which it is compared. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the internal structure of this famous fossil. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The mandible of the "old man" of Cro-Magnon (22,000 BC) was studied with panoramic radiography and CT scanning. RESULTS: The mandibular canal is similar to that of modern man. The images obtained are of a good quality and can be used for analysis of the internal structures of bony fossils. CONCLUSION: The mandible of the "old man" of Cro-Magnon belongs to the species Homo sapiens sapiens. Copyright 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.