100,000-Year-Old Human Skull Displays Characteristics Long Thought to Occur only In Neanderthals

July 8, 2014 2:03 PM

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100,000-Year-Old Human Skull Displays Characteristics Long Thought to Occur only In Neanderthals

A research by Washington University in St. Louis has broken a preconceived notion of scientists. Researchers found the inner ear of a 100,000-year-old fossilized early human skull 35 years ago in northern China.

The inner ear had characteristics, which previously were considered to be limited to Neanderthals alone. But the new study suggests that the inner Neanderthals were not unique to Neanderthals and were more geographically widespread.

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