February 1st, 2021
Prehistoric teeth unearthed at a site in Jersey reveal signs of interbreeding between Neanderthals and our own species, scientists say.
UK experts re-studied 13 teeth found between 1910 and 1911 at La Cotte de St Brelade in the island’s south-west.
They were long regarded as being typical Neanderthal specimens, but the reassessment also uncovered features characteristic of modern human teeth.
The teeth may represent some of the last known Neanderthal remains.
As such, they might even yield clues to what caused the disappearance of our close evolutionary cousins.
The Neanderthals evolved around 400,000 years ago and inhabited a large area from western Europe to Siberia.
They were typically shorter and stockier than modern humans, with a thick ridge of bone overhanging the eyes.
They finally disappeared around 40,000 years ago, just as anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens), a newly arrived species…
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