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5 Amazing Things Anthropologists Learned from Teeth

Once upon a time long, long ago, prehistoric man roamed the earth. Thanks to the teeth they left behind, anthropologists have made huge strides in recent years in uncovering their customs and way of life. Teeth are often the only surviving remnants of the prehistoric past, and using modern analysis and DNA extraction methods, researchers’ understanding of human history is becoming more sophisticated. Read on to discover what stories teeth have to tell.
Nour Seleem
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1. Humans were in Europe earlier than previously thought through baby teeth.

By analyzing two infant teeth found in Italy, scientists learned that humans were on European continent as early as 43,000 to 45,000 years ago. This challenged what was originally thought to be the oldest human specimen, which was an estimated 37,800 to 42,000 years old. The teeth also proved that humans and Neanderthals coexisted in Europe for about 13,000 to 15,000 years.
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