Oldest Neanderthal DNA found in Italian skeleton

April 13, 2015 1:00 PM

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Oldest Neanderthal DNA found in Italian skeleton

File photo - Hyperrealistic face of a neanderthal male is displayed in a cave in the new Neanderthal Museum in the northern Croatian town of Krapina Feb. 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Nikola Solic)

The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.

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