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Scientists have found a bone estimated to be 400,000 years old. This achievement has raised more questions about our ancient forefathers.
This feat transcends the previous age record of around 100,000 years for genetic material recovered from associates of the human evolutionary line.
Specialists states that new techniques for working with ancient DNA may lead to more discoveries about human origins.
Results were presented online Wednesday in a journal called Nature by Matthias Meyer and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, with co-authors in Spain and China.
They recovered the DNA from a thighbone from a cave in Northern Spain. It is among thousands of fossils from at least 28 individuals to be recovered from a chamber called the “Pit of the Bones.”
The age of the bones has been hard to determine. A rough estimate from analyzing the DNA is around 400,000 years, which supports what Meyer said is the current view of the anthropologists excavating the site.

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