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Manot Cave skull suggests link between Neanderthals and modern humans
Manot Cave skull suggests link between Neanderthals and modern humans

It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its vaulted ceiling, allowing Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior. Sweeping the cave’s damp walls and mineral spires with flashlights, the visitors discovered a trove of charcoal-smudged hearths, animal bones and Stone Age tools. And in one spot, they found the bowl-shaped fragment of a distinctly human skull. Seven years after the discovery of Manot Cave in western Galilee, researchers argued in Nature this week that the 55,000-year-old skull cap may have belonged to a hypothesized group of modern humans who, after venturing out of Africa, associated and interbred with...

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