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Thursday, February 24, 2005

A Rare Neanderthal Find

Rarely do archaeologists come across fossilized footprints of prehistoric humans. One immediately thinks of the famous australopithecine prints at Laetoli, Tanzania, discovered by the Leakeys. More recently, a fossilized footprint was discovered in a Romanian cave (Vartop Cave) and identified as belonging to Homo Neanderthalensis ("Neanderthal Man"). The footprint, dated to approximately 62,000 years B.P., is considered to be the first recognized and dated print for this human species. Much more prolific are the fossilized bones of these neanderthals, who walked in comparative abundance across the European landscape.

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