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Oldest Human Hair found in Fossilized Hyena Dung

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posted on Feb, 10 2009 @ 10:12 AM

Oldest Human Hair Found In Fossilized Hyena Dung
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

Feb. 10, 2009 -- Hairs that likely belonged to humans living 195,000 to 257,000 years ago in Africa have been identified in fossilized brown hyena dung, according to a new study that describes the first non-bony material in the early human fossil record.

Until now, the oldest known human hairs were from a 9,000-year-old Chinchorro mummy from Arica, northern Chile. This latest discovery, made at Gladysvale cave, South Africa, exceeds the mummy's age by about 200,000 years.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Look through the journal and read about the Inca empire too. The links are at the bottom.

[edit on 10-2-2009 by Aubryish]

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