Cro-Magnon skull with jaw (30,000 - 32,000 years).
This Cro-Magnon skull was discovered by L. Lartet and H. Christy on a cliff in 1868 during the construction of railway lines in Les-Eyzies, France. Cro-Magnon, meaning "big cliff," represents the earliest modern humans from Western Europe. Classic modern human features include a large brain capacity (over 1,600cm3), shortened face with rectangular eye sockets, a high forehead, hollowed cheekbones, and noticeable chin. Many feel Cro-Magnon is more similar in appearance to modern Africans than modern Europeans, suggesting that this population came from Africa or Asia.