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Modern humans and Neanderthals: A Mediterranean romance?
Modern humans and Neanderthals: A Mediterranean romance?

It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its high, vaulted ceiling and allowed 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, hundreds of animal bones and Stone Age tools. In one spot, they discovered the bowl-shaped fragment of a distinctly human skull. Seven years after the discovery of Manot Cave in western Galilee, researchers argued in Nature on Wednesday that the 55,000-year-old skull cap may have belonged to a hypothesized group of modern humans who, after venturing out of Africa,...

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