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Oldest hominid bones found in Poland belonged to a Neanderthal child whose fingers were chewed by giant bird

A team of archaeologists has discovered new finds on a group of bones believed to be among the oldest hominids in Poland.

The discovery was made in the Jaskinia Ciemna Cave in the Malopolska region of southern Poland, where researchers found fingerbones of a Neanderthal man some 115,000 years ago. According to TheFirst newsThis makes the bones more than twice as old as the previously known oldest hominid in the area. Before the discovery, the oldest remains of Neanderthal man were estimated at about 52,000 to 54,000 years.

The researchers believe that the Neanderthal child whose remains were found was around 5 to 7 years old at the time of death and may have been killed by an animal, possibly a large bird of prey, who chewed the child after death on the hand , Paweł Valde-Nowak, a professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, said that the remains were originally found several years ago when archaeologists explored an area several feet below the current cave floor and found the bone-blended hominid bones found in other animals.

Although the origins of the bones were not immediately clear, it took years of "detailed analysis" until the researchers discovered that the remains actually belonged to a Neanderthal fossil. As mentioned below The first newsThis was supported by the Neanderthal stone tools found near the cave.

Although the 115,000-year-old bones found in Poland are the oldest ever discovered in the country, the remains are relatively new compared to a number of fossils found in Morocco, believed to be the oldest hominids ever found , According to the AtlanticA multinational team of researchers came to the conclusion in 2017 that the bones and stone tools found in Jebel Irhoud, a cave about 100 kilometers west of Marrakech, could be about 315,000 years old.

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology said Phillipp Gunz Atlantic that the discovery of his team in Jebel Irhoud was a sign of that homo sapiens could have existed much earlier than previously thought.

Meanwhile, The First news I noticed that there may be earlier examples of hominid bones in Poland homo sapiens"Close relatives probably entered the country about 300,000 years ago, or about the same time they entered European soil." The publication added that these hominids lived at a time during the Ice Age in southern Poland, as the glaciers accounted for the largest part of the country.

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