National Museum exhibits 45,000-year-old skull, oldest-known genome of modern human

The National Museum in Prague is exhibiting the skull of a woman who lived more than 45,000 years ago. Scientists have extracted one of the oldest-known genomes of the so-called modern human in Eurasia from the bone.

The skull fragments were found in the Koněprusy Caves in Central Bohemia in the 1950s. Their age has been proven through research, the results of which were published in April. The remains were originally thought to be far younger.

The skull and a model of the woman’s reconstructed face will be on view at until July 2. The National Museum has also put out a poll where people can suggest a name for the prehistoric woman.

Author: Brian Kenety