Archaeologists stunned as oldest remains of human ancestors 'exceeds wildest dreams'

The researcher, together with colleagues in Germany and Russia, extracted and analysed protein and DNA samples from nearly 4,0000 bone fragments recovered in the cave.

Using a technique called peptide fingerprinting, or ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectroscopy), they focused on the oldest layer of material dating back as early 200,000 years ago.

Until now, scientists have been unable to find any human layers in this later.

After analysing some 3,800 fragments measuring no more than 1.5 inches in length, Ms Brown identified five bones matching the profile of a human.


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