Studies suggest modern humans, Neanderthals mated
October 25, 1999
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Neanderthals and modern humans may have coexisted in
central Europe for thousands of years, possibly even mating, according to
new radiocarbon dating of bones from a cave in Croatia.
Bones found in the Vindija cave site in Croatia have yielded the youngest
dates ever, 28,000 to 29,000 years, for Neanderthal remains, said Fred H.
Smith, said Fred H. Smith, an anthropologist at Northern Illinois
Smith said it was the strongest evidence yet that the primitive Neanderthal
lived at the same time and at the same place as did modern human beings.