Scientists reconstruct face of 9,000 year-old Greek teenager

The reconstructed face of ‘Dawn’, a young woman who lived around 7,000 BC in a cave in Greece, is displayed during a presentation at the Acropolis museum in Athens, Greece, January 19, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 24 January 2018
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Scientists reconstruct face of 9,000 year-old Greek teenager

ATHENS: The last time anyone looked on Dawn’s face was 9,000 years ago.
Now the teenager can be seen again, after scientists reconstructed her face to show what people looked like in the Mesolithic period, around 7,000 BC. But she doesn’t look happy.
Dawn is believed to be aged between 15 to 18 based on an analysis of her bones and teeth. She has a protruding jaw, thought to be caused by chewing on animal skin to make it into soft leather — a common practice among people of that era — and a scowling expression.
Asked why she looked angry, orthodontics professor Manolis Papagrikorakis, who created a silicone reconstruction of her face from a terracotta mold of her head, joked: “It’s not possible for her not to be angry during such an era.”
Dawn was possibly anaemic and may have suffered from scurvy, the researchers said. Evidence also pointed to hip and joint problems, which may have made it difficult for her to move and may have contributed to her death.
Discovered in a cave in 1993, the girl was named Avgi — Greek for Dawn — because she lived during what is considered to be the dawn of civilization.
Theopetra Cave, in the Thessaly region, was first inhabited about 100,000 years ago, according to the Culture Ministry. Stone tools from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods have been discovered, as well as pottery from the Neolithic period.
Dawn is on display at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.


Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

The injured man was in satisfactory condition at a hospital. (Seattle Times via AP)
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Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

  • The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man’s body was shot dead
  • A bear and cougar specialist, says it was only the second fatality in Washington state in the last 94 years

NORTH BEND, Washington: Authorities say one man was killed and his friend injured when a cougar attacked them during a morning mountain bike ride outside Seattle.
The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man’s body, where agents for the state’s Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported.
The names of neither man were immediately released.
The injured man was in satisfactory condition at a hospital. Authorities say the cougar initially attacked him before running away. Moments later, it returned with deadly results.
Rich Beausoleil, the state’s bear and cougar specialist, says it was only the second fatality in Washington state in the last 94 years.