Neanderthal bone contains oldest-known human tumor

06/6/2013 |

A fibrous dysplasia tumor was discovered in the rib bone of a Neanderthal that was excavated more than a century ago in Croatia. The benign tumor is more than 100,000 years older than any other tumor found in humans. "The size of this [tumor], and the bulging of it, probably caused the individual pain," said University of Kansas anthropologist David Frayer.

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