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Judi Lynn

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Wed Feb 21, 2024, 01:11 AM Feb 21

Ancient DNA reveals children with Down syndrome in 5,000-year-old societies were given noble burials and treated with 'c [View all]

Ancient DNA reveals children with Down syndrome in 5,000-year-old societies were given noble burials and treated with 'care and appreciation'
Story by Nikki Main Science Reporter For Dailymail.Com • 6h

  • The oldest case of Down syndrome was discovered at a Spanish Iron Age site
  • Large burials of people with Down syndrome signifies they were 'special babies'


    DNA analysis of ancient human remains identified six individuals with the condition that causes learning disabilities, or the more severe Edwards Syndrome.

    One case from a church graveyard in Finland was dated to the 17th or 18th Century while the remaining five individuals, dating to between 2,500 and 5,000 years ago, were found at Bronze Age sites in Greece and Bulgaria, and Iron Age sites in Spain.

    The research team, whose findings were published in the journal Nature Communications, were able to obtain a wealth of extra information about the remains and the burials.

    Analysis has allowed the team to trace the movement and mixing of people, and even to uncover ancient pathogens that affected their lives.

    More:
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/ancient-dna-reveals-children-with-down-syndrome-in-5-000-year-old-societies-were-given-noble-burials-and-treated-with-care-and-appreciation/ar-BB1iBSEe
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