Archaeologists have found traces of one of the last Neanderthals

It is believed that the closest ancestor of modern humans, Neanderthals died out about 40,000 years ago. The last place they live is the island of Gibraltar, where they do not have to deal with modern humans for food. It was there, according to an international team of archaeologists, and was discovered by 17-inch footprint of one of them - it is assumed that it was a teenage growth of about 1, 26 meters. Such an assumption was made because of the unusual properties of the trace and formulate its sand.

Archaeologists have found traces of one of the last Neanderthals

footprint was seen on the territory of the village of Catalan Bay. Excavations in the area began 10 years ago, and during that time the researchers found only traces of vertebrates. Archaeologists believe they have found exactly trace of Neanderthal man - between the first and second fingers have a characteristic period of their feet by 2 centimeters. Estimate how long time should be subjected to the action of sunlight colors, the researchers found out his age - 29 000 years.

foot size and projected growth to leave a trace of Neanderthal hint at the fact that he was a teenager. Perhaps he lived in Gorham's Cave on the south-east of the island - a place considered to be the last place they live. It is noteworthy that this is only the second detection of traces of Neanderthal man in history - the first one was found in a Romanian cave Vartrop.

Archaeologists have found traces of one of the last Neanderthals

According to the director of Gibraltar Clive Finlayson of the museum in the future archeologists will find on this site and other interesting fossils. They still have a long work - is 300 meters beneath the study area, which can hide in themselves and other tracks. There is a small chance that the researchers are wrong - after all, Neanderthals and modern humans lived at the same time and the track may belong to a person.

Recall that recently we have released another article about the Neanderthals. Based on DNA analysis, two kinds of people can mate with each other. Moreover, Neanderthals may be among us.

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