Cave shared by Neanderthals and early man found in Italy

Published on December 12th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Evidence has been found that shows the caves of Roccia San Sebastiano, located north of Naples in Italy, were used by both Neanderthals and early humans.

The discovery is telling them "a story of the evolution that goes from 40,000 to 20,000 years ago, when the cave was used for uninterrupted time by Neanderthals and Sapiens," says prehistoric archaeologist Carmine Collina.

Within perhaps the oldest layer, dated at between 40,000 to 39,000 years of age, researchers discovered the milk tooth of a Neanderthal child and the remains of many tools, such as tips and splinters, made by Neanderthals.

"The tooth was lost when the individual was of an age comparable to that of our children at 10 years," says paleoanthropologist Giorgio Manzi, from Rome's Sapienza University.

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