The elders of the Museum

Josef Szombathy, head of the Department of Prehistory found a skull in 1882 in a cavern near Mladeč, which represents one of the oldest definitively dated Homo sapiens finds in Europe. The remains of reindeer, cave bears and wolves clearly conformed the Ice Age date of this discovery. After violent attacks by scientific colleagues, it was not until 1900 that the idea that modern man was already living during the Ice Age established itself. In 2006, NHM Vienna anthropologists succeeded in determining the absolute age of the bones: 31,000 years.
On display in Hall 14.

© NHM Vienna, Lois Lammerhuber