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Akeem ReachnaijaSeptember 28, 2018
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Two 6,000-year old human skeletons with perfectly preserved teeth have been found on a Brazilian construction site.

The remains were found at a site on the BR-470 road in the Ilhota municipality in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

The skeletons’ skulls and leg bones appear to be well-preserved with the full set of teeth still clearly visible.

It is believed the site would have been an island in a lagoon when the ancient humans were alive.

Scientists say the skeletons may belong to people from one of the hundreds of Jiquabu tribes that inhabited Brazil as long as 10,000 years ago up until the colonial period.

Dr Schwengber said that the island would have been isolated and would have had no drinking water.

Experts believe the site was probably used for ceremonies and funeral rituals.

‘Data collected at the site indicates they had a diet of fish, such as catfish, snapper, sea bass and corvina’, said Dr Schwengber.

‘The small size of the fish indicates that the food supplies were the juvenile fish present in shallow waters.’

The skeletons’ skulls and leg bones appear to be well-preserved with the teeth still clearly visible, experts have said.

The skeletons, which were found during works to extend the road in May (pictured), were sent to the Beta Analytics laboratory in Florida which found they were 5,880 years old

Sources suggest when Portuguese explorers arrived in Brazil it was inhabited by hundreds of Jiquabu tribes, the earliest of which had been around 10,000 years ago in the highlands of Minas Gerais.

These inhabitants were called ‘Indians’ by the Portugese.

Experts believe that these early tribes were part of a wave of migrant hunters who came into the Americas from Asia, perhaps via the Bering Strait.

These cultures never developed written records or permanent agriculture so very little is known about them.

At the time of European discovery, it is believed Brazil had as many as 2,000 tribes who were semi-nomadic.

The skeletons are now in a laboratory owned by a company called Tuburao where they are undergoing further analysis.

Schwengber said that the island would have been isolated and would have had no drinking water. Experts believe the site was probably used for ceremonies and funeral rituals

Data collected at the site indicates they had a diet of fish, such as catfish, snapper, sea bass and corvina, said Dr Schwengbe