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Neanderthals used feathers as 'personal ornaments'
bbc ^ | 17 September 2012 | Paul Rincon

Posted on 09/18/2012 12:26:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Clive Finlayson and Kimberly Brown from the Gibraltar Museum, along with colleagues from Spain, Canada and Belgium, examined a database of 1,699 ancient sites across Eurasia, comparing data on birds at locations used by humans with those that were not.

They found a clear association between raptor and corvid remains and sites that had been occupied by humans.

They then looked more closely at bird bones found at Neanderthal sites in Gibraltar, including Gorham's and Vanguard cave, near the base of the rock: "The Neanderthals had cut through and marked the bones. But what were they cutting? We realised a lot of it was wing bones, particularly those holding large primary feathers," Prof Finlayson told BBC News.

Co-author Jordi Rosell, from Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain, said: "We saw the cut-marks on bird bones at one cave, and then started seeing them in others. I think it's a common aspect to the caves in this rock."

Juan Jose Negro, director of the Donana Biological Station in Seville, Spain, who is another co-author, said: ...

"The only explanation left is the use of those long feathers."

Not only this, but the ancient humans appeared to have a preference for birds with dark or black plumage. Species represented at the sites include ravens, crows, rooks, magpies, jackdaws, various types of eagle and vulture, red and black kites, kestrels and falcons.

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Dr Negro cautioned that there was no way to tell how the feathers were put to use. But he observed: "Current uses of feathers typically involve the same species. If you think of the Plains Indians in North America, they put those feathers in headdresses and they are signalling. They are signalling power and status. Perhaps the Neanderthals were using feathers in the same way."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: feathers; godsgravesglyphs; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals

1 posted on 09/18/2012 12:26:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 09/18/2012 12:26:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

To hear them tell it, so should Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren......


3 posted on 09/18/2012 12:27:24 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: BenLurkin
The question is...And why would they NOT use the feathers for ornamentation?

Bottom line: Can't see why this is such a reckoning.

4 posted on 09/18/2012 12:31:29 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe Neanderthal HAD feathers.


5 posted on 09/18/2012 12:33:25 PM PDT by DManA
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To: BenLurkin

Ah, yes......I remember Felicia The Feather Dancer. Lovely girl. Kept waiting for those birds she held in front of her to molt. I saw her after the show. She asked me if I had any ideas to improve her show. I said, “Yes...use two hummingbird feathers.”


6 posted on 09/18/2012 12:33:37 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Sacajaweau
Many Eastern Woodland tribes wore bird belts.

Whole cardinal or bluebird carcasses were hung from a belt around the waist. Elizabeth Warren might want to consider this colorful fashion accessory to dress up her drab squaw look.

Question, would my grandson be given Affirmative Action entrée into Harvard for claiming Neandertal ancestry on both sides? As indisputable proof, he has red hair and loves playing with feathers.

7 posted on 09/18/2012 12:46:26 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende.)
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To: DManA
Maybe Neanderthal HAD feathers.

Fortunately, the Neandertals (note hip new German spelling) had a cave guest who left behind voluminous writings in the various "Clan of the Cave Bear" chronicles, so I will look this up for you.

8 posted on 09/18/2012 12:49:35 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’m suddenly feeling better about my whooping crane codpiece.


9 posted on 09/18/2012 12:49:42 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kenny Bunk

Is he light Neanderthal or dark Neanderthal?


10 posted on 09/18/2012 12:51:03 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
Is he light Neanderthal or dark Neanderthal?

He has dark moods and terrible table manners.

11 posted on 09/18/2012 12:59:06 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I read the first one. I loved her theory that the Ns died out because their heads got too big.

But I actually enjoyed the book (but not enough to read any of the others)


12 posted on 09/18/2012 1:09:34 PM PDT by DManA
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To: blueunicorn6

brilliant!


13 posted on 09/18/2012 1:15:59 PM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kenny Bunk

We must be related! The family reunion next year is at Toadsuck, Arkansas. Uncle Zeke is giving a prize to whoever shows up with the most different colored parts on their car. I figure my Gremlin is a sure winner. We’ve invited Paul Krugman to come and speak. He’s real smart don’t you know. He won a Heisman Trophy or something for knowing that eight bits makes a dollar. We’re gonna put him in a barrel with a love sick polecat. He’ll either come out stinky or smiling. I’m betting he’ll be smiling. Cousin Tater says hi.


14 posted on 09/18/2012 1:17:05 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin
Nothing's changed much!...


15 posted on 09/18/2012 1:25:42 PM PDT by WVKayaker (I'm more than happy to be Obama's "enemy of the week" - Sarah Palin)
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To: BenLurkin
Neanderthals used feathers as 'personal ornaments'

And sex toys too!

16 posted on 09/18/2012 1:31:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Kenny Bunk
Plays with feathers.....scarey...but then Harvard is scarey.

My little bro (age 56) still shakes when he sees a feather.

Wonder if it has anything to do with us beating him with a feather pillow when he was a young brat.

17 posted on 09/18/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kenny Bunk

Does he eat with his hands...like a caveman??


18 posted on 09/18/2012 1:33:46 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
Does he eat with his hands...like a caveman??

Not only that, Sac, he has been known to bite the hand that feeds him. There must be a Democrat gene in the woodpile.

Had I more grandchildren, I wouldn't feed the little savage at all!

19 posted on 09/18/2012 2:15:33 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende.)
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To: blueunicorn6
Are you sure y'all aint a-joshin' me about bein' from Toadsuck?

We lived for years over to East Bigod and feel I would have made the acquaintance long before this. Unless y'all ain't that family that moved in from Dogfart 'bout a year ago ... in which case my sister says she'd shared a room with your sister at The Pen State.

Hold the phone ... y'all don't mean THAT Uncle Zeke? Why that there is some feller! BTW, tell Cousin Tater we found his eye patch. It was in the potato salad at the church picnic right after Pastor got bit by the copperhead. Gramma picked up ontit right away when it was all kinda chewy and all. So was the copperhead.

20 posted on 09/18/2012 2:29:27 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende.)
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To: WVKayaker

Ahhhhh.....sweet Felicia......she had a tattoos all over her body of national parks......you shoulda seen the Grand Canyon......it was majestic.....it made me cry......


21 posted on 09/18/2012 2:33:13 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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The Neandertal Enigma
by James Shreeve

in local libraries
Frayer'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]
KEYWORDS: neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals

22 posted on 09/18/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks BenLurkin.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


23 posted on 09/18/2012 6:07:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Sacajaweau
Bottom line: Can't see why this is such a reckoning.

Which creatures use artificial ornamentation on their own bodies?

24 posted on 09/18/2012 6:28:03 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1338 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; Lazamataz
Works for me.


25 posted on 09/18/2012 6:28:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv
Apparently the Bird of Paradise flew up his nose.


26 posted on 09/18/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: DManA
Maybe Neanderthal HAD feathers.

Not in the pictures I've seen.


27 posted on 09/18/2012 6:35:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: a fool in paradise

I think you found a picture of the ANCESTORS of the Neanderthals.


28 posted on 09/18/2012 6:41:44 PM PDT by DManA
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To: blueunicorn6; SunkenCiv
Don't forget Miss Sally Rand . . .


29 posted on 09/19/2012 12:51:33 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

The portrayal of her doing that feather dance in “The Right Stuff” was one of the highlights of that film, still the best of the genre.


30 posted on 09/19/2012 6:46:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Sacajaweau

It was a serious question. Only humans decorate their own bodies as a means of attracting the opposite sex.

This means Homo neanderthalensis truly was a member of the human races.


31 posted on 09/19/2012 7:29:03 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1339 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: BenLurkin

“Juan Jose Negro, director of the Donana Biological Station in Seville, Spain...”

“Juan Jose Negro?” ...now that’s some serious affirmitive action in action right there.


32 posted on 09/21/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT by Towed_Jumper (I need a new tagline...please help.)
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