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Neanderthal bone fragment found in Denisova Cave

A new technique used to determine a species just by looking at it’s bones has identified a Neanderthal bone in Russian Denisova Cave.

On discovering that one 2.5 cm-long piece of bone had a clear human fingerprint, Sam Brown said: ‘When the ZooMS results showed that there was a human fingerprint among the bones I was extremely excited. After a lot of hard work, finding this tiny bone which yields so much information about our human past was just fantastic. The bone itself is not exceptional in any way and would otherwise be missed by anyone looking for possible human bones amongst the dozens of fragments that we have from the site.’

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Story: University of Oxford | Photo: University of Oxford

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