A 30,000-year-old amputation

River D'Almeida, Ph.D
The Reading Frame
Published in
3 min readMay 22, 2024

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Lessons learned from prehistoric medicine

Photo by Michael Behrens on Unsplash

In the shadowed depths of Liang Tebo cave in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, archaeologists uncovered a story etched into the bones of a young individual — a narrative of survival, ingenuity, and possibly the earliest known instance of surgical amputation.

This find, dating back 31,000 years, presents a stark contrast to our modern…

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River D'Almeida, Ph.D
The Reading Frame

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