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Neanderthal remains found at open-air site in Israel

A Neanderthal upper molar and lower limb bones have been found at an open-air site in Israel that dates back 60,000 years.

The Levant, or Near East, is to date the only known region where the fossil record shows the two populations — Neanderthals and Homo sapiens– existed simultaneously during the Middle Paleolithic era. Unlike earlier studies, however, this survey includes fossils of both types of human individuals — not only from caves, but also from open-air sites.

“The discovery of Neanderthals at open-air sites during the late MP reinforces the view that Neanderthals were a resilient population in the Levant shortly before Upper Palaeolithic Homo sapiens populated the region,” the article stated.

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Story: Amanda Borschel-Dan, The Times of Israel | Photo: Erella Hovers, courtesy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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