Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Researchers find evidence of early man in caves near Naples

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Rome, December 4 - Researchers are poring over
thousands of tiny artifacts - including a child's milk tooth -
found in a southern Italian cave that appears to have been
shared by both Neanderthals and early man.
The caves of Roccia San Sebastiano, which overlook the
Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, are being combed for traces of
those who once lived there.
On the slopes of the medieval fortress of Montis Dragonis,
near Mondragone in Caserta province, researchers say they've
uncovered layers of history, rich in early historical finds.
The discovery is telling them "a story of the evolution
that goes from 40,000 to 20,000 years ago, when the cave was
used for uninterrupted time by Neanderthals and Sapiens," says
prehistoric archaeologist Carmine Collina.
Within perhaps the oldest layer, dated at between 40,000 to
39,000 years of age, researchers discovered the milk tooth of a
Neanderthal child and the remains of many tools, such as tips
and splinters, made by Neanderthals.
"The tooth was lost when the individual was of an age
comparable to that of our children at 10 years," says
paleoanthropologist Giorgio Manzi, from Rome's Sapienza
University.
The age of the tooth is especially important because it
helps to mark the final stage in the life of Neanderthals in
Italy, and the arrivals of homo Sapiens, says archaeologist
Marcello Piperno, also of Sapienza University.
Last year, researchers found two milk teeth discovered at
the site of Grotta del Cavallo, in Italy's Puglia province.

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