Tooth discovery reveals previously unknown group of people inhabiting north Siberia 31,000 years ago
We’ve all experienced the unusual sensation of wiggling out our wobbly baby teeth. So too would the two owners of these milk teeth, who lost them in a remote region of north eastern Siberia 31,000 years ago. Their discovery reveals the existence of a previously unknown group of people who lived there during the last Ice Age, surviving the harsh climate by keeping on the move and hunting big woolly beasts like mammoths and bison. DNA analysis of their remains show that these people are closely related to Native Americans and are likely to be the missing link connecting ancient Siberians to the first people to arrive in the Americas across what is now the Bering Strait. But although these milk teeth reveal fascinating new details about the journeys our human ancestors made around the world, they still can’t tell us whether the Tooth Fairy ever came to claim them.
Today marks the start of Festival of Archaeology week in the UK
Written by Kat Arney
BPoD stands for Biomedical Picture of the Day. Managed by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences the website aims to engage everyone, young and old, in the wonders of biomedicine. Images are kindly provided for inclusion on this website through the generosity of scientists across the globe.
BPoD is also available in Catalan at www.bpod.cat with translations by the University of Valencia.