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Krapina

Apart from the blue and crystal water beaches, Croatia is a very interesting destination for those who want to learn more about the humanity’s history. Every place that you visit in Croatia you will find some history, but nothing more interesting than Krapina. The city is located in northern Croatia and is a place steeped in history with typically medieval streets and great natural beauty, with mountainous areas and waterfalls. There was found the largest concentration of Neanderthal fossils in the world.

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How people who lived thousands of years ago raised their children? How plants were grown? What was their logic and philosophy of life? Answers to these and many other questions you can find in Krapina, at the Neanderthal Museum. Krapina is one of the few places where scientists found Neanderthal teeth, bones (approx. 1000 pieces), fossils and the rest of the primitive tools. The discoveries began in the last years of the 19th century. Among 1000 fossil bones found there, one of the most preserved is definitely a piece of the skull of Krapina Homo neanderthalensis.

Vindija Cave

Only 39km from Krapina, you can also visit Vindija Cave where scients found three female femur bones with traces of DNA, which contributed enormously to the Neanderthal Genome project. Finding genetic material from Neanderthals is extremely rare (found only in Croatia, Spain, Germany and Russia) so you can see that Krapina is really worth a visit due to its history.

Highlights

  • A wide variety of animal bones was also discovered
  • 279 teeth have been cataloged there
  • There was a variety of humans: men and women between 2 and 40 years of age
  • The largest and most abundant concentration of fossilized human bones in the world has been found in Krapina
  • Over a thousand pieces of stone tools have been discovered

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A wide variety of animal bones was also discovered
  • 279 teeth have been cataloged there
  • There was a variety of humans: men and women between 2 and 40 years of age
  • The largest and most abundant concentration of fossilized human bones in the world has been found in Krapina
  • Over a thousand pieces of stone tools have been discovered