Archaeologists working at a cave in southern Poland have discovered hominid bones that turned out to the oldest in the country. The source of the bones is a bit surprising, as described by The First News:
The discovery of finger bones from the hand of a Neanderthal child that died roughly 115,000 years ago are more than twice as old as the previous oldest find of hominid bones in the area.
The bones show signs of digestion, apparently by a large bird, archaeologists say.
The Neanderthal child, aged five to seven years old, may have been attacked and killed by a bird of prey or a scavenger may have chewed its hand after death.
Photo: Jacek Bednarczyk