Oldest Case of Down Syndrome Unearthed in Medieval Skeleton

The 1,500-year-old skeleton found in France sheds light on how ancient civilizations viewed genetic disorders, according to a study published in the International Journal of Paleopathology.
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Scientists now believe they track down the earliest case of Down's syndrome a child who lived in France some 15100. Years ago. This small set of bones -- the remains of five to seven year old child discovered back in 1989. Along with 93 other skeletons in northeastern France. Researchers have long believed the child may it had Down's syndrome but it wasn't confirmed until recently. By -- CT scan of the -- which was then compared to others found in the same time period. Noting the French child had a number of features that children with Down syndrome --

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