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Author Topic: Neandertal Jewelry Shows Their Symbolic Smarts  (Read 3060 times)
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« on: January 15, 2010, 01:58:44 AM »

Interesting paper summary from Science.

Neandertal Jewelry Shows Their Symbolic Smarts

Science, 15 January 2010 (Volume 327, Issue 5963)

A handful of marine mollusk shells, possibly used as necklaces and paint cups, shows that Neandertals expressed themselves symbolically, say the authors of a paper published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 I haven't read the paper as I don't subscribe to Science.

Anyone to comment on it?


Paul Trehin
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010, 01:58:24 AM »

Two sites of the Neandertal-associated Middle Paleolithic of Iberia,
dated to as early as approximately 50,000 years ago, yielded
perforated and pigment-stained marine shells. The article is convincing and for me not very surprising .
Just another example that we should assume at least some symbolic capacities for the Neanderthals

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