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Ancient Child Burial Uncovered in Portugal

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Science  08 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5399, pp. 169
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5399.169b

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In a rock-shelter in rural Portugal, archaeologists last month found the complete skeleton of a young child of our own lineage who was buried with ceremony perhaps 28,000 years ago. Researchers say the child may prove to be the oldest well-preserved early modern human on the Iberian peninsula. The burial may also provide cultural clues to a pivotal era, when the last of the Neandertals co-existed with modern humans in southern Iberia.