A 120,000 Year Old Neandertal from Krapina who had Fibrous Dysplasia

The internets are buzzing about the news of the earliest known bone tumor on record, predating others by more than 100,000 years. The tumor has been found on the left rib of a 120,000 year old Neandertal from Krapina, Croatia. The original paper is published under the title, "Fibrous Dysplasia in a 120,000+ Year Old Neandertal... Continue Reading →

Oldest Evidence Of Leprosy Found In India

I've successfully completed my first term of medical school, and realized I have a lot of free time so I've decided to pick up blogging during my short summer break in order to prevent brain rot. Today, I noticed an interesting anthropology-medicine news bit pass by my RSS reader and wanted to share it with... Continue Reading →

Did Neandertals die off because of cannibalism and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies?

So there's this hypotheses that Neandertal extinction was due to cannibalism. This is an alternative but complementary hypothesis to the climate change one. In an upcoming paper in Medical Hypotheses, Simon Underdown investigates this hypotheses by looking at Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). The paper is titled, "A potential role for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in Neanderthal... Continue Reading →

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