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Neanderthals Buried Their Dead
2013-12-17 07:44:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in southwestern France was intentionally buried, a finding that confirms burials took place in Western Europe prior to the arrival of modern humans. “This discovery not only confirms the existence of Neanderthal burials in Western Europe, but also reveals a relatively sophisticated cognitive capacity to produce them,” said William Rendu, the study’s lead author and...

Home Of Last Neanderthals
2013-10-17 14:53:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In reassessing an archaeological site located on the British island of Jersey, a team of UK scientists has found preserved layers of geological deposits that were thought to have been lost through excavation decades ago, according to a new study in the Journal of Quaternary Science. Using modern optical dating techniques, the scientists found that a large part of the site holds sediments dating back to the last Ice Age - essentially a...

Neanderthals May Have Made First Specialized Bone Tools
2013-09-21 08:08:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Sorting through tiny bone remnants in the University of California, Davis paleoanthropology lab in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius discovered a peculiar piece. The fragment she found was from a French archaeological site, and it turned out to be a part of an early, specialized bone tool used by a Neanderthal before the first modern humans appeared in Europe. "At the time, I had no idea about the impact of my...

El Sidron cave
2013-04-03 05:14:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by the University of Oviedo, Spain, has been able to accurately determine the age of Neanderthal remains found in the El Sidron cave of Asturias, Spain. Previous studies have provided inexact measurements for the remains. The new study found that a pre-treatment to reduce modern carbon contamination has lowered the margin of error from 40,000 to 3,200 years. One of the westernmost Neanderthal sites on the Iberian...

New Dating Methods Put Neanderthal Extinction Much Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-02-05 06:41:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Popular theories have placed the Neanderthal extinction at about 35,000 years ago, based on dating of the earliest bone fossils found at a Neanderthal site in southern Iberia. However, researchers from Australia and Europe are now refuting that evidence after taking another careful look at the bones and implementing an improved method to filter out contamination. Based on the new study, the Neanderthal may have actually died out much...

Researcher Denies Seeking "Adventurous" Woman To Carry Neanderthal Baby
2013-01-23 12:08:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several media reports popped up around the web over the past day or two saying Harvard Medical School genetics expert George Church was looking for an adventurous woman who could carry and give birth to a Neanderthal baby. But as fast as the stories went up, Church was criticizing them for jumping the gun. He said in an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday that he and Harvard “have no projects, no plans, we have no...

Neanderthals Adorned Themselves With Raptor Feathers
2012-09-19 06:20:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthal men likely adorned themselves with bird feathers, a new study suggests. The researchers believe the feathers were stripped from the remains of birds and worn as decorative ornaments or jewelry, a theory that further suggests early hominids had a strong sense of tradition and culture. The scientists studied bird bones found at European sites used by Neanderthal man, and discovered that bird wings containing large...

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2011-05-11 06:35:00

Researchers have new evidence that suggest Neanderthals died out much earlier than previously thought, and possibly before modern humans arrived. Carbon-dated Neanderthal remains from a cave in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Russia were found to be 10,000 years older than previous research had suggested. The new evidence contradicts the popular theory that Neanderthals and modern humans interacted for thousands of years before the archaic species became extinct. Instead, the...

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2011-04-20 09:16:43

Right-handedness is a distinctively human characteristic, with right-handers outnumbering lefties nine-to-one. But how far back does right-handedness reach in the human story? Researchers have tried to determine the answer by looking at ancient tools, prehistoric art and human bones, but the results have not been definitive. Now, David Frayer, professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, has used markings on fossilized front teeth to show that right-handedness goes back more than...

2010-12-27 14:00:00

Scientists Found Evidence of a More Sophisticated Nutrient-Rich Diet Similar to Early Modern Humans WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers from George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered evidence to debunk the theory that Neandertals' disappearance was caused in part by a deficient diet - one that lacked variety and was overly reliant on meat. After discovering starch granules from plant food trapped in the dental calculus on...


Latest Neanderthals Reference Libraries

Neanderthals
2013-10-03 16:03:35

The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating back from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species gets its name from Neandertal, “Neander’s Valley”, the location in Germany where it was first uncovered. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens or as a distinct species of the...

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