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Skeleton from 31,000 years ago sheds light on history’s first amputation

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It was reported that one leg of the skeleton, dating back 31,000 years, found on the island of Borneo in South Asia, was cut off, shedding light on the first amputation in history.

In the study published in the “Nature” magazine, it was stated that an adequately preserved skeleton was found in 2020 in Liang Tebo cave, known for its murals dating back 40,000 years. It was reported that the lower left part of the leg of the skeleton was missing.

As a result of their investigations, Indonesian and Australian archaeologists said that the remaining part of the missing ankle of the skeleton had a surprising shape and that it might have been cut in a deliberate form.

It was stated that scientists claimed that the skeleton of the person who died between the ages of 19-20 was 31 thousand years old, when the teeth and the remains collected from around it were examined.

On the other hand, it was reported that the person may have died at least 6 to 9 years after his foot was amputated.

Experts think stone-time hunters and gatherers living in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province are in knowledge of medical anatomy and wound management.

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