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Archaeologists have unearthed remains of Neanderthals in caves near Rome

Fossil remains of nine Neanderthals found in the Quaternary Cave in Rome
Photo: Italian Ministry of Culture via Getty Images / AFP

Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of nine Neanderthals at a prehistoric site near Rome, according to the Ministry of Culture. Italy This Saturday (8).

Eight remains are 50,000 to 68,000 years old, while 90,000 to 100,000 years old, according to a ministry statement.

The discovery took place in the Crota Quarteri, a collection of prehistoric caves discovered over 80 years ago, about 100 meters off the coast of Tyrrhenian in San Belize Circio, near Latin in the Lahio region.

Video footage of the ministry showed bones, skulls and other body parts at the scene.

Front view of a skull
Front view of the skull, one of the newest inventions in Italy
Photo: Italian Ministry of Culture via Getty Images / AFP

Neanderthals, the closest relatives of humans, became extinct about 40,000 years ago. Although theories include the inability to adapt to climate change and increased competition from modern humans, it is unclear what killed them.

Taking into account other traces previously found in the same area, a total of 11 people are in the Grota Quarterly, which has been “confirmed by Neanderthals as one of the most important places in the world in human history,” the ministry said.

“They were all adults, and may have been in his teens,” Francesco Di Mario, head of the Crota Quarry excavations, said in the statement.

Remains of an animal have also been found, including a large boa constrictor that has become extinct.

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