Saturday, 3 November 2012

Neanderthals ‘learned to make jewellery and tools from modern humans’

Neanderthals learned how to make jewellery and sophisticated tools from the ancestors of modern humans, a new study suggests.

New high precision radiocarbon dating shows that a cultural exchange may have taken place between modern humans and Neanderthals in France and Spain more than 40,000 years ago, the Daily Mail reported.

The findings have important implications for our understanding of our long-extinct sister species.

If Neanderthals made the ornaments, they must have been capable of symbolic behaviour thought to be unique to man.


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