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Fourth Denisovan fossil found

A fourth fossil of an individual belonging to the extinct hominin species known as the Denisovans has been found in Siberia. Now, scientists have revealed that they have a fourth Denisovan fossil — a "baby tooth" that likely fell from the jaw of a 10- to 12-year-old girl, said study lead

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

11,000-year-old idol carved with beaver teeth

New researcher has revealed that the 11,000-year-old Shigir Idol was carved with stone chisels and beaver teeth. At a conference involving international experts held in the city this week, Professor Mikhail Zhilin said the wooden statue, originally 5.3 metres tall, was made of larch, with the basement and head carved using

Human tooth recovered from Civil War sub

A human tooth has been recovered from the H.L. Hunley, a Civil War submarine which sank in 1864. While most of the remains of the eight men who sailed on the sub's final Feb. 17, 1864, mission were removed and ceremonially buried at Magnolia Cemetery in 2004, a tooth was recently

Tooth from extinct seal found at Florida site

A tooth from an extinct Caribbean monk seal has been found at a prehistoric site in Florida. Discovery of the tooth is the first evidence of the seal found in the area. Its presence is an indicator that the seal was hunted by prehistorical people. The United States’ last recorded sighting of

Denture made from human teeth found in Tuscany

A denture dating back to between the 14th-17th centuries has been found in a family tomb in Tuscany. One member of the team, Dr Simona Minozzi, said: "Although there are descriptions of similar objects in texts from the period, there is no known archaeological evidence. The dentures found in the tomb

Neanderthals used toothpicks

Traces of bark, found in Spain's El Sidrón Cave, with fossilized plaque on them suggest that Neanderthals used them as toothpicks. The scientists said they were mostly after the fossilized plaque known as dental calculus. It's the same stuff a hygienist will scrape off your teeth if you haven't done a

“Hobbit” teeth undergo analysis

Researchers have analysed 40 teeth from nine specimens of Homo floresiensis, revealing that the species was separate from modern humans. A team of researchers affiliated with the National Museum of Nature and Science in Japan, The University of Wollongong in Australia and The National Research and Development Centre for Archaeology, in