Homo cepranensis

As Homo cepranensis ( " Ceprano Man" ) is referred to by its discoverers the discovery of a hominin skull roof, which was recovered in March 1994 in Italy. The archaeologist Italo Biddittu who discovered the fossil in the area of Campo Grande, the epithet is named after the locality near the town of Ceprano in the south of Rome, located province of Frosinone. The fossil had been brought to light during road construction in a layer of clay and crushed by excavator in about 50 fragments.

The skullcap has not yet been dated safely. The layer of clay, from which you hid it, an upper age limit of about 880,000 years, an age limit of about 460,000 years was attributed; in the specialist publications of the Italian paleoanthropologists age is usually called beyond 700,000 years. The characteristics of the skullcap and his alleged age indicate a proximity to Homo erectus; but not excluded is also a proximity to the designated Homo antecessor as, probably the same age finds from Spain.

The " Ceprano Man" is a single Fund. The term Homo cepranensis is - similar to Homo steinheimensis - to be understood as mere reference to the locality of the fossil, but does not identify any kind, so it is not a taxon.