The oldest amputation in history in a 31,000-year-old skeleton

The oldest amputation in history in a 31,000-year-old skeleton

It has been 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.

A well-preserved skeleton was found in Liang Tebo cave, known for its murals dating back 40,000 years, in 2020, according to the study in the journal “Nature”. According to the news of AA; It was reported that the lower left part of the leg of the skeleton was missing.

It was noted that Indonesian and Australian archaeologists, as a result of their investigations, stated that the remaining part of the missing ankle of the skeleton had a surprising shape and may have been cut on purpose.


When the remains collected from the tooth and its surroundings were examined, scientists estimated that the skeleton of the person who died between the ages of 19-20 was 31 thousand years old.

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 believe that stone age hunters and gatherers living in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province were knowledgeable in medical anatomy and wound management.

*The image of the news was served by AP.

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