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Prehistoric bones found in Spain are ancestors of Neanderthals
The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 7-1-2014 | Joel Achenbach

Posted on 07/03/2014 4:02:58 AM PDT by Renfield

In a cave in northern Spain a team of scientists has retrieved the remains of 28 prehistoric humans, members of an enigmatic species that could be described as a little bit Neanderthal.They had Neanderthal faces, with heavy brows and protruding noses. They had powerful mandibles and mouths that could open extremely wide, indicating they used their teeth as gripping tools. But they didn't have the large skulls or other robust skeletal features seen in the prototypical Neanderthals who, hundreds of millennia later, roamed Ice Age Europe.

These were apparently ancestors of Neanderthals, inhabitants of a line that many thousands of years earlier had split from the ancestors of modern humans. An international team of scientists published the description of the Spanish fossils in the journal Science, but has not yet given this population a new species name. That will come later, the scientists said, after consultations with colleagues....

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TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: paleoarchaeology; spain

Fossil from the Sima de los Huesos site in Spain. Photograph by Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films/Washington Post

1 posted on 07/03/2014 4:02:58 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 07/03/2014 4:03:15 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

“... indicating they used their teeth as gripping tools..”

Does Mic Jagger use his mouth to “grip” things...one shouldn’t jump to conclusions to prove a point about skull formation...


3 posted on 07/03/2014 4:05:47 AM PDT by BCW (Amazon Books: "Babylon's Covert War" - the Iraq conflict explained in detail - by JH White)
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To: Renfield; SunkenCiv
From the article:


4 posted on 07/03/2014 4:11:19 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective...)
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To: Renfield

Helen Thomas photo in 5, 4, 3, ...


5 posted on 07/03/2014 4:26:17 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: eCSMaster

- Homo Hussein Electus II not included…


6 posted on 07/03/2014 4:43:37 AM PDT by devolve (-Tell VLADIMER after my ERECTION I have more 90% more FLEXIBILITY - pre-1899 Colt SAA frames needed)
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To: Renfield

“But has not yet given this new population a species name”

I hereby nominate the name

“Redskins”


7 posted on 07/03/2014 6:08:22 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Renfield

I wonder how many of their “findings” are simply supposition.


8 posted on 07/03/2014 6:10:36 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: Rannug

All of science is based on “suppositions” that nature is real and is what it appears to be.
Of course, you are free to “suppose” anything else you might wish, just so long as you don’t pretend such alternative suppositions have anything to do with science.


9 posted on 07/03/2014 10:10:53 AM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective...)
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