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October 24 2013

Neanderthal Gums Relieved by Toothpicks


Were Neanderthals merely lumbering oafs? Not at least as far as dental hygiene is concerned, archaeologists suggest.

Toothpicks likely were on the menu after a hearty Neanderthal meal.

Our long-lost Homo neanderthalensis cousins used the toothpicks to clean their teeth and even relieve the pain of gum disease, suggests a team at Spain's Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES).

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