Famous skull bones from the Stone Age are thousands of years younger than previously thought.
Their owner was therefore not one of the earliest arrivals from Africa into Europe - and the rebuilt new museum in Berlin has their exhibition.
So far, the so-called grave of Combe Capelle was considered one of the oldest evidence of modern humans in Europe.
The skul should be about 30,000 years old, according to Otto Hauser, as evidenced to the Swiss researchers by the Paleolithic layers of the soil at the site. This means that the hunter-gatherers from the Perigord still roamed with Neandertals through the area - and would be a representative of the Cro-Magnon man, the early arrivals of the modern human species in cold Europe.
A new dating has now demystified the Stone Age bone.
"We must now remove the find from the canon of the earliest anatomically modern humans in Europe," says researcher Terberger. For Combe Capelle lived probably only about 9500 years ago. The scientists have found out at the Leibnitz-Laboratory for Radiometric Dating and Isotope Research in collaboration with colleagues at other institutions.
The "Journal of Human Evolution," will publish the results of the radiocarbon dating results in one of its coming issues. Thus loses the French rock-grave his prominent role in the Upper paleolithic. It did not contain those quasi-newcomers from africa that many had long thought. And other tombs from this period are not known.