45,000-year-old leg bone offers clues to Stone Age mating

October 23, 2014 12:10 PM

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45,000-year-old leg bone offers clues to Stone Age mating

(CNN) -- DNA from a 45,000-year-old leg bone is giving scientists a better idea of when modern humans first started mating with Neanderthals.

The thigh bone was found six years ago on the banks of the Irtysh River in Siberia by Nikolai Peristov, a Russian artist who carves jewelry from ancient mammoth tusks, according to the journal Nature.

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