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1st Neanderthal tooth discovered in Iran

Tehran, A tooth, belonging to a Neanderthal child, was discovered in the rocky mountain of Baveh Yawan in Kermanshah Province.

The Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) quoted Saman Heidari Gouran, head of the archeology team in the area, as saying on Sunday that this is the first time that remains of a Neanderthal man are discovered in Iran.

He noted that the discovered tooth is a milk tooth belonging to a six-year-old child, which was obtained together with stone tools belonging to the middle Paleolithic period which have been found in scientific explorations.

Heidari Goran said the tooth, based on age-matched radiocarbon 14 experiments, has a range of 42 to 45 thousand years, and this Neanderthal belongs to the Neanderthal communities close to the contemporary era.

The archeologist added the discovered tooth is among the rare Neanderthal milk teeth that have been scientifically registered in the world.

He went on to say that a few similar teeth had earlier been discovered in Spain, France and Germany.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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