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Neanderthal DNA extracted from cave dirt shows population movements 100,000 years ago – ABC News

Where ancient humans lived — and when — can be unveiled using DNA extracted from sediment layers dug from cave floors.

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Some 100,000 years ago, deep in a cave in what is now northern Spain, a Neanderthal female lived  and maybe died.
Key points:

  • Fossilised remains of ancient humans such as Neanderthals are rare
  • Researchers developed a technique to extract and analyse DNA from cave sediments
  • The method can help archaeologists piece together patterns of human migration stretching back hundreds of thousand of years

She may have been alone, or perhaps accompanied by sisters or a daughter. But she certainly wasn’t the first…

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