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Neanderthal teeth show evidence of dentistry

130,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth found at a site in Croatia show evidence of rudimentary attempts at dentistry.

A Neanderthal who lived 130,000 years ago appears to have carried out some “prehistoric dentistry” in an attempt to deal with an impacted tooth, researchers have said.

Teeth found at a site in Krapina, Croatia, at the start of the last century were re-examined by scientists and found to have a number of grooves, scratches and chips.

While it is possible there is another explanation, the scientists, from the US and Croatia, said they appeared to be evidence of attempts to use a toothpick to deal with the impacted tooth and the misalignment of another one.

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Story: Ian Johnston, The Independent | Photo: The Independent

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