Skip to comments.Neanderthals Conquered Mammoths, Why Not Us?
Posted on 09/18/2008 10:51:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Most notably among the new studies is what researchers say is the first ever direct evidence that a woolly mammoth was brought down by Neanderthal weapons.
Margherita Mussi and Paola Villa made the connection after studying a 60,000 to 40,000-year-old mammoth skeleton unearthed near Neanderthal stone tool artifacts at a site called Asolo in northeastern Italy. The discoveries are described in this month's Journal of Archaeological Science.
Villa, a curator of paleontology at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, told Discovery News that other evidence suggests Neanderthals hunted the giant mammals, but not as directly. At the English Channel Islands, for example, 18 woolly mammoths and five woolly rhinoceroses dating to 150,000 years ago "were driven off a cliff and died by falling into a ravine about 30 meters (over 98 feet) deep. They were then butchered."...
A study in this month's issue of the journal Antiquity by German anthropologists Michael Richard and Ralf Schmitz found that Neanderthals went for red meat, not of the woolly mammoth variety, but from red deer, roe deer, and reindeer.
The scientists came to that conclusion after grinding up bone samples taken from the remains of Neanderthals found in Germany and then analyzing the isotopes within. These forms of chemical elements -- in this case, carbon and nitrogen -- reveal if the individual being tested lived on meat, fish or plants, since each food group has its own carbon and nitrogen signature.
(Excerpt) Read more at dsc.discovery.com ...
The Neandertal EnigmaFrayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]
by James Shreeve
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Tougher in Neanderlaska!
because we have nuclear weapons and don’t want to be conquered?
The Neanderthals were wiped out because they are just too ugly to breed.
It doesn’t stretch my immagination to concider neanderthals taking mammoths.....BUT - North America shows no evidence of Neaderthals... so it was the Native Americans that hunted our North American Mammoths to extinction
Have ya been to Arkansas? Needs to be fenced of anyways.
I resemble that remark.
If I knew how, I’d post a pic of B. Hussein’s wife.
Thank you soooo much!! (Actually, I think she resembles Pildown Man more than Neanderthal.)
Piltdown = hoax
But the Neanderthals became extinct because they had no beer to drink with their barbecue.
Piltdown = hoax
Not if you put a wig on it:)
Hey, I left the last one to star in “Ice Age”.
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