Oldest Neanderthal DNA Discovered in Skeleton in Italy

April 11, 2015 2:41 PM

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Oldest Neanderthal DNA Discovered in Skeleton in Italy

Researchers studying a skeleton from a cave in Italy have discovered the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.

Scientists have dated the molecules to about 130,000 to 170,000 years ago, according to Live Science. The skeleton was first found in 1993, but a new study evaluating the DNA from a piece of its right shoulder blade suggests that the fossil was a Neanderthal, the closest extinct relative of modern h...

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