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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

Homo naledia fossils found in South Africa

Fossils of additional Homo nailed individuals have been found in the Rising Star Cave system in South Africa. Tests on the material found the bones to be between 335,000 and 236,000 years old, making them far younger than many scientists had expected. “It means that this species of primitive hominid was

Evidence of Mesolithic cannibalism found in Spain

Evidence of cannibalism has been found in a cave near Valencia, in Spain. In a recent paper for Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Valencia anthropologist Juan V. Morales-Pérez and colleagues describe their discovery of human bones covered in marks that suggest what they delicately refer to as "anthropophagic practices." Carbon

Ancient skulls show mixed features

Partial skulls dated back more than 100,000 years show traits from modern humans, archaic humans, and Neanderthals. These new fossils suggest that far-flung groups of ancient humans were more genetically linked across Eurasia than often previously thought, researchers in the new study said. "I don't like to think of these fossils as

Human remains found at Neolithic site in Wales

Human remains, including several teeth, have been found at a Neolithic site on a Welsh island. Archaeologist Catherine Rees said: "Human remains are incredibly rare outside of megalithic tombs in this area as bone seldom survives in North Wales. "Several teeth have been recovered which will enable scientists to discover more about

14,000-year-old hunting camp found in Argentina

A prehistoric campsite discovered in Argentina is evidence that humans first began visiting the area 14,000 years ago. Writing in PLoS One, the researchers describe a number of reasons why a bunch of sharp-edged rocks and broken animal bones point to a 14,000-year-old human occupation of Argentina. First of all, there

Butchered animal residues discovered on 250,000-year-old tools

Protein residue from butchered animals has been found on 250,000-year-old tools found in Jordan. While stone tools have been found before, the residue of the kinds of animals found on these ancient tools brought back surprising results, linking rhinoceros, horse, wild cattle and duck to these hominins. "The implication of all of

Cancer found in 1.7 million-year-old early human toe bone

The oldest known example of cancer, dating back 1.7 million years, has been found in a fossil of a toe bone from an early human ancestor. The discovery by British and South African scientists contradicts theories that cancer is a modern disease, predominantly caused by lifestyle factors. Up until now, the oldest