Discovery of the oldest lead pollution in humans: 250,000 years

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November 13, 2018

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patriciamar, « Discovery of the oldest lead pollution in humans: 250,000 years », AFEQ english, ID : 10670/1.v9yhwd


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Analyzes performed on the teeth of two Neanderthal children from the archaeological site of Payre (Ardèche) and excavated by Marie-Hélène Moncel, CNRS researcher, attest to the oldest exposure to lead in humans. An international team of researchers measured the metal levels in the enamel of these teeth, dating back around 250,000 years, and showed that both children had been exposed to lead during their stays in cavities as suggested by the presence of lead mines within a radius of 25 kilomet...

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