Scientists From Oxford More Accurately Determined The Age Of The Skull Of The Earliest Person Found In Mongolia

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These Bones Found in The Northeastern Part of Mongolia, In The Dolina Salkit, Today Are Considered The Only Fossil Hominid Of the Country’s Territory.

Scientists From Oxford More Accurately Determined The Age Of The Skull Of The Earliest Person Found In Mongolia
Outskin Finds in Valley Salkit, Mongolia / © Institute of History and Archaeology & ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (MONGOLIA)

This Result Also Indicated That During Previous Measurements, A Significant Amount Of Dirt Remained In The Sample. ADDITIONAL ANALYZES CONDUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH SCIENTSTISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PISA (Italy) Confirmed That The Sample Was Severely Contaminated by The Resin, Which Was Used to Cast the Sample After ITS Detection.

"We Sport The Study Reiterates The Huge Benefits of Developing Advanced Chemical Methods for Dating Prehistoric Material, Which Have Been Contaminated Either on Site After Burial, Or in A Museum or Laboratory for Conservation Purposes. Reliable Pre-Processing Of Samples IS Crucial For Building Reliable Chronology in Archeology, "Says The First Author of the Article, DR. Tibo Daviez (Thibaut Devièse).

In addition, DNA analyzes were extracted from the bones, with which scientists managed to reconstruct the full mitochondrial sample genome, which also confirmed the view that the skull really belongs to a modern person. Now the work on the creation of nuclear DNA continues to learn more about the genetics of the skull.

"This mysterious skull for a long time puzzled researchers. The combination of advanced science, including radiocarbon dating and genetics, has now showed that the remains belong to a modern person, and the results fit perfectly into the archaeological data of Mongolia, who connect contemporaries from the Early Upper Paleolithic Industry in this part of the Earth, "Professor summarizes Tom Higham (Tom Higham).

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