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FOUND: A 16-Year-Old Discovered a 560,000-Year-Old Human Tooth

The tooth (Photo: Musée de Tautavel)

What did you do on your summer break? Two young archaeology volunteers from France found the tooth of a human who likely lived in what’s now southwestern France about 560,000 years ago.

A 16-year-old named Camille found the tooth while working with another young volunteer at a site in Tautavel, one of the most important prehistoric sites known. The tooth isn’t the oldest human fossil found in Europe – but it is the oldest bit of human remains found in France, the Museum of Tautavel says.

A tooth by itself can’t tell researchers as much about early humans and their development as, say, a skull. But as a treasure to find on a volunteer archaeology gig, it’s hard to beat.

Camille and her partner (Photo: Musée de Tautavel)

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