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'Oldest' fossil from modern man unearthed in Romania

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posted on Sep, 23 2003 @ 09:34 PM
First evidence of interbreeding between Neanderthals and Cro Magnon man...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The jawbone of a cave-man living in what is now Romania is the oldest fossil from an early modern human to be found in Europe, U.S. researchers said.

Primitive features such as heavy bone and tooth structure also support the controversial idea that Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals may have interbred, the researchers said.

The jawbone, found in southwestern Carpathian Mountains of Romania, was carbon-dated to between 34,000 and 36,000 years ago, said Erik Trinkaus of Washington University in St. Louis, who led the study.

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