Embedded Skull In Altamura Cave, Italy Yields Oldest Neandertal DNA Sample

Anthropology.net

Only the skull and part of a shoulder are visible on Altamura Man. The rest of the body is incorporated into calcite concretions. ITALIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURAL HERITAGE Only the skull and part of a shoulder are visible on Altamura Man. The rest of the body is incorporated into calcite concretions.
ITALIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

A nearly complete fossilized Neandertal skeleton accidentally found in 1993 in a cave near Altamura, Italy is about 128,000 to 187,000 years old. Only the upside down skull and part of a shoulder were visible. The rest of the body is incorporated into calcite concretions.

For six years researchers have been carefully working on studying this specimen, and up until now, held off from excavating the remains as they believed it would cause irreparable to the skeleton. Recently they removed a sample consisting of the articular portion of the right scapula. The team say samples of DNA have also been retrieved and because of the age, represent the oldest such samples ever recovered from Neandertal remains.

Giorgio Manzi, professor of paleoanthropology and human…

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