Italian researchers are currently excited about ancient skull remains and fragments of bone. The caves discovered are thought to be between 50,000 and 68,000 years old.
Rome (dpa) – It is the ancient skull remains and bone parts of the caves that inspired researchers in Italy: In the Guatari cave on Mount Circeo between Rome and Naples, scientists have found the remains of another nine Neanderthals in a new investigation .
The Italian Ministry of Culture reported. The coastal area is known as an important site for tracing the nearest relatives of people living since the late 1930s. The number of Neanderthals from Guatari Cave has increased to eleven since 2019.
“This is an extraordinary discovery the whole world will be talking about,” said Italy’s Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini. Eight prehistoric humans are likely to be between 50,000 and 68,000 years old, one of the people can also roam the coastal area that is now a hunter and lazio 100,000 years before the gathering.
Archaeologists, anthropologists and other researchers from the provinces of Frosinone and Latina and from the University of Rome Tor University were involved in the new study. He entered previously unknown areas of the cave and examined the surrounding outer areas. For example, they used genetic analysis to analyze the remains of animals and pollen. With their study, experts try to understand how Neanderthals lived and why they became extinct around 40,000 years ago.
“The discovery of charcoal and burnt animal bones actually confirms the hypothesis of the presence of a real stove,” the statement said. By finding the bones of animals such as elephants, cave bears, wild horses, and aurochs, experts could gradually reconstruct the environment and the climate of the time.
Neanderthals are the closest relatives of the people living today. They populated Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Western Siberia. The name comes from the remains that were discovered in Neandrel near Mettmann in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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