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>> Meet Dawn, not the typical teenager, she was alive somewhere around 7000 BC. And now a team of scientists in Greece have reconstructed her face after finding her bones buried in Theopetra cave in the Thessaly region 25 years ago. She was alive in the Mesolithic period, considered to be the dawn of civilization, hence the name Dawn.
One archeologist working on the project says the discovery is a very important one for history.>> It was something very moving because it was very important scientifically that she belongs to this period, the Mesolithic era because it existence on Thessaly was previously questioned. Now we have not only located the Mesolithic era but we also located real people that lived then.
>> Greece's Ministry of Culture says the cave started being inhabited about 100,000 years ago. As well as tools from the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods, two other human burials were found here. You may notice that Dawn doesn't look particularly happy, but it's not for the reason you'd think, the scientists behind the reconstruction say her protruding jaw was likely caused by chewing on animal skin to make into soft leather apparently a common practice at the time.
Researchers say she was possibly anemic and may have also suffered from scurvy. She's likely to have had hip and joint problems too which could have made it difficult for her to move and contributed to her death, Dawn died when she was around 15 to 18 years old. She is now on display at the Acropolis museum in Greece's capital Athens