Beautiful Bone Carving From 51,000 Years Ago Is Changing Our View of Neanderthals

Claude J Greengrass

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Scientists have now announced the discovery of a 51,000-year-old engraved giant deer bone which was produced by Neanderthals in the Harz Mountains, now northern Germany. The carvings on the deer bone are precisely and artistically arranged into chevron patterns.

Previous evidence of symbolic and artistic traits in Neanderthals has been scarce, but the new findings raise exciting questions about how complex Neanderthal behavior might truly have been.

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...sorry. no image. CS doesn't like .webp images
 

stlukesguild

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Convert it to a .jpg and delete the transparency:

carved_deer_bone_neanderthal.900.jpg


Interesting article.
 

Artyczar

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Yes, interesting. They keep turning up much brighter than we've previously thought! Art, tools, behavior, language, etc.
 

mzoltan32

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They must be just a more isolated subranche of people those who were found uggly by their peers.. and or unimpressive.
 

Enyaw

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Probably the result of the hatchet job to get the meat off the bone ... who can realistically say it was or was not?
 

Bongo

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Probably the result of the hatchet job to get the meat off the bone ... who can realistically say it was or was not?
stole my thunder. A couple of parallel cuts in a bone fragment do not a sculpture make imo. Certainly not a "beautiful" one. It seems a trend lately to give the Neanderthals a culture participation trophy for every found piece of flotsam. I think it's collective Homosapien-guilt kicking in for all the less-than-politically-correct jokes we've made about them in the past.
 
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