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Oldest example of human cancer found

Scientists in South Africa have discovered the oldest evidence yet of cancer in the human fossil record.

A cancerous foot bone approximately 1.7 million years old predates the previous oldest by more than 1.5 million years.

Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney, of Wits University and the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, explains the finding.

(Image: Cancerous foot bone. Credit: Paul Tafforeau)

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