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Tumor in Bone Shows Neanderthals Got Cancer Too


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, cancer, bone, neanderthals, research, study, discovery, disease, environment )

Dee
- 416 days ago - news10.com
Cancer is often lamented as a modern-day scourge, but researchers have discovered a type of bone cancer in a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal rib. Before this discovery was made in Krapina, Croatia, the earliest evidence of this type of bone tumor, known as



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Dee C. (214)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 10:53 am
THURSDAY, June 6 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is often lamented as a modern-day scourge, but researchers have discovered a type of bone cancer in a 120,000-year-old Neanderthal rib.

Before this discovery was made in Krapina, Croatia, the earliest evidence of this type of bone tumor, known as fibrous dysplasia, dated back 1,000 to 4,000 years.

The researchers, who reported the finding online June 5 in the journal PLoS One, said the specimen found is incomplete so they can't determine the effects the tumor had on the Neanderthal's overall health.

"Evidence for cancer is extremely rare in the human fossil record," David Frayer, of the University of Kansas, said in a journal news release. "This case shows that Neanderthals, living in an unpolluted environment, were susceptible to the same kind of cancer as living humans."

The average lifespan of Neanderthals was likely about half that of humans in developed countries today, and they were exposed to a different environment, the researchers said.

"Given these factors, cases of neoplastic disease are rare in prehistoric human populations," the researchers said. "Against this background, the identification of a more than 120,000-year-old Neanderthal rib with a bone tumor is surprising, and provides insights into the nature and history of the association of humans to neoplastic disease."

Fibrous dysplasia is more common today than other bone tumors, Frayer said
 

Angelica C. (84)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 4:15 pm
So cancer has been with us almost since the beginning of man's ascent. Fascinating. I had assumed (but I am not a scientist) that cancer appeared when we began living much longer, surviving a plethora of other illnesses. This is very interesting. Thanks, Dee!
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday June 9, 2013, 5:52 pm

A few problems we have eliminated since those days, but not many.
 

Sara V. (0)
Monday June 10, 2013, 9:08 am
We've created a lot more problems and stressors since then, and I think it would be nearly impossible for a few cells not to misreproduce or go bonkers every once in awhile.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Monday June 10, 2013, 1:13 pm
Thank you.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday June 10, 2013, 4:12 pm
Thanks.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday June 10, 2013, 6:08 pm
Interesting.
 

Dale O. (189)
Monday June 10, 2013, 8:38 pm
Fascinating information but not surprising in the sense that the human body is geared for 'planned obsolescence' from the day we are born. If it isn't cancer, old age is going to get us for sure.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 12:11 am
Just proves that cancer is not caused by most of the things they say cause it! I believe it is in the genes, not how we live!!
 

Irene S. (59)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 1:58 am
Very interesting! Iīve been told, cancer was a virus disease and of course there are multiple elictors to develop. Maybe itīs bound to our genes, but I guess, the encounter with dangerous agents and substances force the developing of it.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 7:27 am
Very interesting.
 

John De Avalon (35)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 10:33 am
Fascinating. There is an ancient Egyptian papyri detailing a physician's attempts to tackle a breast cancer tumour. But interesting to know how far back the Big C goes...
 

Paulett Simunich (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 3:19 pm
Quite a find......Thank you so much !!!!!
 

paul m. (93)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:51 am

noted
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:35 am
Really interesting! Thank you Dee!
 

Jo S. (481)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:40 pm
Really fascinating discoverynoted & shared.
Thanks Dee.
 

Nimue P. (229)
Monday June 17, 2013, 4:12 pm
Noted.
 

Melania Padilla (173)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 3:09 pm
Interesitng!
 

Carmen S. (606)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:34 pm
Fascinating, thanks Dee, and we thought cancer was something new
 
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