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Lower half of a skeleton with an apparently amputated left leg
31,000-Year-Old Skeleton Reveals Oldest Known Surgery
A Stone Age individual’s left leg healed after being amputated just above the foot, allowing them to survive for six to nine years after the procedure was performed, researchers say.
31,000-Year-Old Skeleton Reveals Oldest Known Surgery
31,000-Year-Old Skeleton Reveals Oldest Known Surgery

A Stone Age individual’s left leg healed after being amputated just above the foot, allowing them to survive for six to nine years after the procedure was performed, researchers say.

A Stone Age individual’s left leg healed after being amputated just above the foot, allowing them to survive for six to nine years after the procedure was performed, researchers say.

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Fossils of African Fauna
African, Arabian Mammals Didn’t Escape Grande Coupure Extinction
Chloe Tenn | Nov 8, 2021 | 2 min read
More than two-thirds of mammals in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula went extinct during the Eocene-Oligocene transition some 30 million years ago, a study finds.
Image of the Day: Ochre Paint
Emily Makowski | Nov 26, 2019 | 2 min read
This ancient red pigment came from underwater.
Image of the Day: Prehistoric Baby Bottles
Emily Makowski | Sep 26, 2019 | 1 min read
Infants may have been drinking animal milk from vessels for thousands of years.
Image of the Day: Fossil Guts
The Scientist Staff | Sep 25, 2017 | 1 min read
Scientists unearthed an intact, fossilized digestive organ of a 500-million-year-old trilobite—a prehistoric relative of the horseshoe crab.
Image of the Day: Primordial Sculpture
The Scientist Staff | Sep 20, 2017 | 1 min read
This lifelike replica of the one-centimeter, 500-million-year-old arthropod Agnostus pisiformis was reconstructed from the animal’s ancient fossils.
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