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Monday, May 11, 2009

200 milennia old human hairs found!

Fascinating news brought
by Mundo Neanderthal: 40 hairs of some Homo indiviual(s) have been found fossilized in a hyena coprolite in Gladysvale, South Africa (not far from Johannesburg). They have been dated to 195-257,000 years ago, what makes our species a good candidate.

The paper by L. Blackwell et al. has been published at the Journal of Archaeological Science, vol 36, issue 6 (paywall - visit Mundo Neanderthal for images and map, and further info in Spanish).

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