Scientists found cancer in a 1.7 million year old foot bone and a 2 million year old spine from two ancient hominin specimens in South Africa. Before these finds, the oldest dated cancer in a human was only 120,000 years old.

Scientists have found evidence of cancer in a foot bone and spine from two ancient hominin specimens in South Africa. A team of scientists from the the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute and the South African Centre for Excellence in PalaeoSciences made and recorded the discoveries, and they say the bones provide a …

Scientists found cancer in a 1.7 million year old foot bone and a 2 million year old spine from two ancient hominin specimens in South Africa. Before these finds, the oldest dated cancer in a human was only 120,000 years old. Read More »