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Tooth from extinct seal found at Florida site

A tooth from an extinct Caribbean monk seal has been found at a prehistoric site in Florida. Discovery of the tooth is the first evidence of the seal found in the area. Its presence is an indicator that the seal was hunted by prehistorical people. The United States’ last recorded sighting of

Neanderthals used toothpicks

Traces of bark, found in Spain's El Sidrón Cave, with fossilized plaque on them suggest that Neanderthals used them as toothpicks. The scientists said they were mostly after the fossilized plaque known as dental calculus. It's the same stuff a hygienist will scrape off your teeth if you haven't done a

“Hobbit” teeth undergo analysis

Researchers have analysed 40 teeth from nine specimens of Homo floresiensis, revealing that the species was separate from modern humans. A team of researchers affiliated with the National Museum of Nature and Science in Japan, The University of Wollongong in Australia and The National Research and Development Centre for Archaeology, in

Denisovan DNA extracted from ancient teeth

Researchers have managed to extra DNA from some large Denisovan teeth found in Siberia's Denisova Cave. "I thought, 'Oh, that actually looks very human-like,'" he recalled in an interview with CBC News. But when the rest of the tooth was found, he began to have doubts. "I thought, 'This is too big.

14,000-year-old dental work found by electron microscope

Evidence of some of the world's oldest dentistry has been found on a 14,000-year-old molar. Using scanning electron microscopy the researchers uncovered peculiar striations in the internal surface of the large cavity. “They were the result of a variety of gestures and movements associated with slicing a microlithic point in different directions,”