Oldest Case of Down Syndrome Found in 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton

July 12, 2014 10:08 PM

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Oldest Case of Down Syndrome Found in 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton

A 1,500-year-old skeleton has shed new light on how ancient civilizations viewed those with genetic disorders. French researchers have found the oldest confirmed case of Down syndrome after uncovering the skeleton of a child with the genetic disorder.

A case study published in the International Journal of Pathology showed pictures of the skeleton buried near a church in Chalon-sur-Sane in eastern France. The skeleton featured a broad skull with flattened base and thinner skull bones, all telltale signs of Down syndrome.

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