Science: Precious Child

It was a lucky thing for anthropology that Dr. Ales Hrdlicka (pronounced ah-leesh hurd-leech-ka), famed fossil man of the Smithsonian Institution, was in Moscow last week. A young Soviet archeologist named A. P. Okladnikoff announced the discovery of a fossilized Neanderthal skeleton on a high cliff in "Middle Asia." The bones were those of a child eight or nine years old.

The exact location was not disclosed, but central Asia is thousands of miles farther east than any Neanderthal remains hitherto discovered. Since Soviet science is more notable for enthusiasm than for scholarly...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!