27 Jul 2009

40,000 year old skull bone found beneath sea

3:28 pm on 27 July 2009

German scientists say a 40,000-year-old human bone has been found off the Dutch coast by a fishing boat trawling for mussels.

The bone, part of a skull, was tested by anthropologists from the University of Leipzig and is believed to be the oldest ever found underwater.

Despite the fact the bone was found under the sea, the scientists said the man dwelt on land and primarily ate meat.

According to the August edition of GEO magazine, the fishermen also found a hand-axe and flints, which could have belonged to the same man.

The Netherlands and Britain were one land mass when he lived.