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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Prehistoric Jaw Bone Raises New Questions

A prehistoric human jaw bone excavated at Kents Cavern in Torquay, England in 1927 is now dated based on new research to between 37,000 and 40,000 years B.P. If the finding holds, it raises some intriguing questions about the advent and history of early man in the British Isles.
For example: If the jaw bone is that of a Cro-Magnon (modern anatomy), then these people reached Britain much earlier than previously thought. If the jaw bone is that of a Neanderthal, then it represents the first solid evidence that Neanderthals roamed Britain. Scientists hope to confirm identity by extracting ancient DNA from one of the teeth.

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