Kayhan London – Archaeologists have discovered a tooth belonging to a Neanderthal child in the historic site of Yuvan (also spelled Yawan) in the northeastern province of Kermanshah, according to Saman Heidari-Guran, the head of the Archaeological Committee of Kermanshah Province.
“We believe that the milk tooth [temporary deciduous dentition] belong to a six-year-old child. Radiocarbon dating has determined that the tooth is between 42,000 and 45,000 years old. This is the first time that we’ve discovered the fossilized remains of a Neanderthal male in Iran,” Mr. Heidari-Guran said. “We also found tools and other objects on the site which date back to the Middle Paleolithic period” (the Middle Stone Age, from 300,000 to 30,000 years ago.)
Archaeologists discovered the 500,000-year-old fossilized bones of a child in Siberia last year.
Translated from Persian by Fardine Hamidi