Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Earliest evidence for the use of Neanderthal bone as a tool

The bone was first unearthed in 1926 at the La Quina site, a former rock shelter at the foot of a limestone cliff flanking the left bank of the Voultron River in southwest France. It was discovered with artefacts from the Mousterian industry, a method of making flint tools linked with Neanderthals. These fragments did not yield much information about the anatomy of these individuals, so they were mostly ignored at the museum at Lyon, France, for years.

Along with the two other skull fragments, which probably come from the same individual and also bear anthropogenic surface modifications in the form of percussion, cut, and scraping marks the researchers present a case for deliberate versus unintentional use.

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