Older Neanderthal remains found at famous dig site

The site is at the Cabezo Gordo mountain

NEANDERTHAL teeth estimated to be between 65,000 to 90,000 years old have been discovered at the Sima de las Palomas pothole in the Cabezo Gordo mountain at Torre Pacheco, Murcia.

Previous remains unearthed during excavations were from around 50,000 years ago. The pothole is one of the most important Neanderthal archaeological sites in Europe and the dig, led by Professor Michael Walker from Murcia University, has been carried out each summer since 1992. With the team getting progressively lower every year, the teeth were buried in very hard ground, two metres under the layer where Neanderthal skeletons had been discovered.

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