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Lucy Barnable

40,000 year old bracelet made by extinct human species found

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 Lucy Barnable    5,365
 In what is quite an amazing discovery, scientists have confirmed that a bracelet found in Siberia is 40,000 years old. This makes it the oldest piece of jewelry ever discovered, and archeologists have been taken aback by the level of its sophistication. 

The bracelet was discovered in a site called the Denisova Cave in Siberia, close to Russia's border with China and Mongolia. It was found next to the bones of extinct animals, such as the wooly mammoth, and other artifacts dating back 125,000 years. 

The cave is named after the Denisovan people — a mysterious species of hominins from the Homo genus, who are genetically different from both Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. 
Skeletal remains show that the Denisovans were probably far more robust and powerful than modern humans, and were, until now, 
assumed to be a more primitive, archaic type of humans than us. 
But, the discovery of the bracelet suggests this was far from true. 
Amazingly, the skill involved in making this adornment shows a level of technique at least 30,000 years ahead of its time. 
Mikhail Shunkov, deputy director of the the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, suggested that the find indicates that the Denisovans were more advanced than 
Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. What is incredible is that the craftsman who made the adornment, seems to have used something similar to a modern drill. 

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