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This Is the Oldest Evidence of Cancer in Humans

It comes from 1.7M-year-old foot bone

(Newser) - The oldest evidence of cancer in human relatives has long been a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal. A single foot bone changes that, by a lot. Belonging to an early hominin who lived 1.7 million years ago in South Africa, it holds the oldest example of a malignant tumor in a... More »

Bear Bone Found in 1903 Alters the Story of Ireland

Butchered knee bone indicates man on the island 12.5K years ago

(Newser) - A single bear bone has transformed what we thought we knew about Irish history, showing humans were tromping through the country 2,500 years earlier than history books claim. The bone with seven cuts from a sharp tool was found among thousands of bones in a cave on the island'... More »

Latest Weird Mars Find: Is That a Thigh Bone?

But hey, it's no jelly doughnut

(Newser) - First, Mars was thought to be invaded by jelly doughnuts . Now, some are claiming the latest photos from NASA's Curiosity rover show proof of human or animal life on the Red Planet. UFO Blogger first discovered what it calls a "fossilized thigh bone" in a photo snapped by... More »

Experts Testing Bone Found in Aruba for Holloway Match

Tourists reportedly discovered a lower jaw bone last Friday

(Newser) - Dutch forensic experts are testing a piece of bone found in Aruba to see if it belongs to Natalee Holloway. The Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported today that the bone—reportedly a lower jaw bone—was found by tourists on a beach last Friday. But experts first will establish whether... More »

Cops Find Bone Fragment Next Door to Garrido

Unclear if it's human or animal; investigators still searching area

(Newser) - Authorities found a bone fragment on the property next door to where Phillip Garrido held Jaycee Lee Dugard captive for 18 years, the Contra Costa Times reports—though police aren’t yet sure if the bone is human or animal. A spokesman says investigators and dogs are still combing the... More »

Meet the First European

Forensic artist reconstructs face of first modern human found in Europe

(Newser) - Meet the first modern European. His face—or hers, as researchers have been unable to determine the sex—was reconstructed by a forensic artist based on a partial skull and jawbone discovered in a Romanian cave. The facial features linked to the 35,000-year-old bones recall the continent's immediate African... More »

Remains Are Caylee's: Cops

Remains found near Anthony house are those of missing toddler, police say

(Newser) - DNA tests performed by the FBI have confirmed that the bones found near the home of Caylee Anthony’s grandparents are the remains of the missing toddler, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Caylee’s mother Casey Anthony, who is charged with her murder, has been informed in jail. Authorities still don’... More »

Chinese Make Dino Soup

(Newser) - Chinese villagers in Henan province dug up a ton of fossilized dinosaur bones, using them to make traditional medicines, including soup and poultices. The villagers, not entirely inaccurately, believed that they were ‘dragon bones’ from flying dragons. Once they learned of their value to paleontologists, the villagers donated the... More »

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