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Skull of the ancient Homo Sapiens ‘Acamar’: An extraordinary archaeological discovery in the Po River area


A truly exciting discovery was made by Davide Persico, professor of Paleontology at the University of Parma and mayor of San Daniele del Po.
At the junction of the Po and Adda rivers, Persico was the author of a discovery of a skull of an archaic Homo Sapiens, probably from the Paleolithic period.
Two parietal bones and the occipital bone remained intact from the skull.

The discovery of the ‘Acamar’ skull

It was a completely unexpected discovery, since the bone fragment was buried by gravel.
The discovery would date back to September 2022, but was brought to light only in recent days, following some steps that certified the importance of the find in the “Acamar” research project.

The project aims at the complete historical reconstruction of the person to whom the skull belongs.
“It would be, from the first analyses, an archaic Homo Sapiens, one of the first migrants from Africa to Europe,” Persico explained.
Now the study by the Superintendency and the universities involved will have to reconstruct the sex and age of this specimen.
It will later be displayed in a new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History of the University of Parma.


According to scholars, the name Acamar, given to the skull, is purely astrological in nature, as the constellation Eridanus is in the shape of a river, whose source is indicated by the star Cursa. It winds southward in narrower and narrower bends to the south, following various concatenations of faint stars. It makes its last bend at the star Acamar and finally ends at the bright Achernar, the mouth.


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