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Neanderthal Dental Tartar Reveals Evidence of Medicine

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Tooth scrapings from tens of thousands of years ago suggest that Neanderthals chewed on medicinal plants to soothe their upsets, according to a report on This conclusion was drawn by an international team of researchers who conducted a chemical analysis on dental calculus from five sets of Neanderthal remains that were excavated inside El Sidron Cave in northern Spain.

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