Tooth Study Suggests Earlier Neanderthal-Modern Human Split

www.archaeology.org | 5/16/2019 | Staff
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(A. Gómez-Robles, Ana Muela and Jose Maria Bermudez de Castro)LONDON, ENGLAND—According to a Science News report, Neanderthals and modern humans split from a common ancestor more than 800,000 years ago, or significantly earlier than previously thought. Paleoanthropologist Aida Gómez-Robles of University College London calculated the rate of changes in tooth shape for eight ancient hominid species, and then examined 430,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth recovered from Sima de los Huesos, a site in Spain. Based upon the steady rate of...
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