This skull looks modern but retains a few archaic traits, such as wide cheek bones. Some scientists wonder if this means that on rare occasions Homo sapiens interbred with Neanderthals, who lived in Europe at the same time.

Image of Oase 2, Pestera cu Oase, Romania, side view
Oase 2
Exhibit item
Site: 
Peştera cu Oase, Romania
Date of discovery: 
2003
Discovered by: 
Ştefan Milota, Ricardo Rodrigo, Oana Moldovan and João Zilhão
Age: 
About 41,500–39,500 years old
Species: 
Homo sapiens
Text: 
This skull looks modern but retains a few archaic traits, such as wide cheek bones. Some scientists wonder if this means that on rare occasions <italic>Homo sapiens</italic> interbred with Neanderthals, who lived in Europe at the same time.