Scientists discover cancer in a million-year-old fossil in South Africa

Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand has claim t have found evidence of cancer in a foot bone and spine from two human ancestors.

According to their research a variety of cancers existed so many years ago still exist to age changing the assumption that scientists have had that cancer is a modern disease.

“There has to be something else that’s causing cancer….. We don’t know what it is at this stage. We know the capacity for malignancy is ancient. We also know that there are mechanisms that bring these tumors and cancers. The question is, how can we apply these mechanisms to understand the evolution of cancer from ancient times into this modern world?” says Edward John Odes of Wits University’s School of Anatomical Sciences
speaking to CNN


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