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The Oldest Fingerprints Ever

Fingerprints are unique to each individual. While DNA is shared with parents and therefore not entirely unique, fingerprints though are as unique as it gets, only second to iris structure. This makes the recent discovery rather exciting for historians, archaeologists and many researchers.

On a shard of clay pottery unearthed at an archaeological dig in Northern Kuwait, rests a perfectly preserved human fingerprint that dates back some 7,300 years to the stone ages. At this site, scientists and archaeologists have uncovered a whole town with a cemetery, temple, and few houses. This shard with the fingerprint however is the most priced discovery as it puts the fingerprint as the oldest ever human print in history of the region. The oldest fingerprint in the entire world however goes to another piece of pottery that was discovered in Turkey and it dates back to nearly 10,000 years. Similarly, a statue when scanned revealed a child’s fingerprint and that was over 25,000 years old.

As for the oldest among all fingerprints, it does not even belong to a human but rather to a Neanderthal.

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