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Ancient DNA reveals who is in Spain’s ‘pit of bones’ cave

Finding points to Neandertals living in Europe 430,000 years ago

12:21pm, March 14, 2016

NEANDERTALS ARE US  Newly recovered DNA suggests that hominid fossils previously found in a Spanish cave come from Neandertals who lived around 430,000 years ago.

Neandertals hung out in what’s now northern Spain around 430,000 years ago, an analysis of ancient DNA suggests. That’s an earlier Neandertal presence in Europe, by at least 30,000 years, than many researchers had assumed.

Fragments of nuclear DNA from a tooth and partial leg bone discovered at Sima de los Huesos, a chamber deep inside a Spanish cave, resemble corresponding parts of a previously reassembled Neandertal genome, researchers say in a study published online March 14 in Nature.

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