Fossil could prove northern Europe’s first human was resident in South England

Fiona MacRae
Mail Online
November 3, 2011

With his rather primitive opinions, brusque manner and silly walk, Basil Fawlty seemed like a throwback to another age. Now, scientists may have worked out why.

Torquay, the seaside setting of Fawlty Towers, was home to the first-known modern Britons.

A fossilised jaw bone, complete with three teeth, unearthed in a cave on the outskirts of the Devon resort has been dated to between 41,000 and 44,000 years old.

It isn’t known whether the jawbone belonged to a man or a woman. But wear and tear of the teeth and evidence of gum disease suggests that he – or she – was fairly elderly.

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