Remains of a 1.9-million-year-old human ancestor are so well preserved that they may contain a remnant of the male individual’s brain, according to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, where the remains were recently examined.
While DNA is very fragile and deteriorates over time, the discovery opens up the remote possibility that soft tissue with preserved DNA still exists in the prehistoric hominid, which could hold an important place on the human family tree.
The examination also turned up what seemed to be fossilized insect eggs, according to scientists. They said larvae from the eggs could have fed on the flesh of the human ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, right after his death.
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