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Boffins sink their teeth into new clues from remains of extinct humans

A molar, between 164,000 and 131,000 years old, that belonged to a girl 4-6 years old has been found in a Laos cave

Will Dunham

A young girl’s tooth excavated from a cave wall in northeastern Laos is providing new insight into the mysterious extinct human species called Denisovans and revealing their resourcefulness in adapting to both tropical and chilly climes.

The tooth is one of the few physical remains known of Denisovans, a sister lineage to Neanderthals who until now had been known only from scrappy dental and bone fossils from a single site in Siberia and one in the Himalayas.

The molar, between 164,000 and 131,000 years old, belonged to a girl about four to six years old and had not yet erupted...

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