Researchers have isolated DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton dating back some 130,000 to 170,000 years, as they report in the Journal of Human Evolution.

The bones were discovered in cave in southern Italy in 1993, embedded into calcite concretions and covered with coralloid formations. Still, observational analyses indicated that they were from Homo neanderthalensis, though one with some morphological differences, such as larger brow ridges.

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