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Study Claims Cave Art Made By Neanderthals
SF Gate - AP ^ | 9-1-2014 | FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

Posted on 09/01/2014 10:46:10 AM PDT by blam

FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press
Monday, September 1, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.

The cross-hatched engravings inside Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art, according to a team of scientists who studied the site. The find is significant because it indicates that modern humans and their extinct cousins shared the capacity for abstract expression.

The study, released Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined grooves in a rock that had been covered with sediment. Archaeologists had previously found artifacts associated with Neanderthal culture in the overlying layer, suggesting that the engravings must be older, said Clive Finlayson, one of the study's authors.

"It is the last nail in the coffin for the hypothesis that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans," said Paul Tacon, an expert in rock art at Australia's Griffith University. Tacon, who was not involved in the study, said the research showed that the engravings were made with great effort for ritual purposes, to communicate with others, or both.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; caveart; cavepainting; ggg; gibraltar; godsgravesglyphs; gorhamscave; macroetymology; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals; paleosigns
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We Are Neanderthals.
1 posted on 09/01/2014 10:46:10 AM PDT by blam
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"It is the last nail in the coffin for the hypothesis that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans," ..... --------------- Not so sure about that ..... some_text
2 posted on 09/01/2014 10:52:12 AM PDT by boycott
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To: blam

Clues found include that some of the paintings have been signed by Ned & Neo.
Neanderthals could not spell well back then.


3 posted on 09/01/2014 10:52:20 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: blam

Yes. The political correction that is fouling scientific methodology in favor of the PC, ‘late out of Africa only’ BS theory.

Just another example of the current state of the mess in academia.


4 posted on 09/01/2014 10:53:18 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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I swear I wasnt anywhere near those caves. Really! :-)


5 posted on 09/01/2014 11:00:42 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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Kilroy was there?


7 posted on 09/01/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT by HandyDandy (Started out with Burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff....)
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No photos of the cave scratching at the link, makes you wonder if it was just a bear scratching on the wall, but nobody would fund research on that.


8 posted on 09/01/2014 11:03:55 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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Wish we had a pic of the ‘art’. Cannot find.


9 posted on 09/01/2014 11:08:03 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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***The cross-hatched engravings***

Tic-tac-toe? No wonder they never got anywhere if they put the X in the middle.


10 posted on 09/01/2014 11:10:46 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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Ugly women don’t breed the fate of Neanderthal and Modern Homo.


11 posted on 09/01/2014 11:12:00 AM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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“It is the last nail in the coffin for the hypothesis that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans,”

Just as I suspected. We’re stupider than previously thought.


12 posted on 09/01/2014 11:14:23 AM PDT by haroldeveryman
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Well, I am. At least according to my wife.


13 posted on 09/01/2014 11:16:11 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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“It is the last nail in the coffin for the hypothesis that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans,”


To understand this you have to delve into the weirdly distorted mind of Leftists —shudder—. You see leftists consider themselves as standing up for the downtrodden. Well, who is more downtrodden than a species that went extinct?? So, they want to believe that Neandertals were as smart as modern humans but were just wiped out by racism. You know, blacks-whites—hint hint.

A few years ago I had the misfortune to start reading a book by Sawyer who claimed that Neandertals are still around. Looking at some RATS I can believe that but I quit reading when it turned out the Neandertals were also homosexual Canadians! I drew the line at that. Luckily it was a library book so all I was out was my precious time.


14 posted on 09/01/2014 11:57:39 AM PDT by fifedom
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Fair skinned people have Neanderthal genes.

African- Americans do not.

Just saying.


15 posted on 09/01/2014 12:11:16 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (Liberals claim to want to hear other views, but then are shocked to discover there are other views)
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As one of the few remaining non-muslim Neanderthals, I’m tired of being the brunt of tasteless jokes insinuating our supposed intellectual inferiority.

We’re just challenged in a few cognitive areas—like “cause and effect” or “action and reaction” and mechanics— stuff like that.

On the other hand, we’re just as good, if not better than you at the important tasks: eating, copulating, hunting and gathering, etc.


16 posted on 09/01/2014 12:19:17 PM PDT by tsomer
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“This is the fifth cave where we have found the exact same markings. Portugal......Scotland.......Brazil.......the bathroom at the Exxon station.....Japan. What do they mean?”

“I believe they are an invitation.”

“An invitation to what?”

“A cosmetics party. It says, ‘Three more guests and I get a pink Cadillac!’”


17 posted on 09/01/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26134-first-neanderthal-etching-is-a-stoneagehashtag.html?cmpid=RSS|NSNS|2012-GLOBAL|online-news#.VATZCaPVkdV

18 posted on 09/01/2014 1:36:58 PM PDT by Sparklite
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So easy, a caveman could do it.


19 posted on 09/01/2014 1:41:19 PM PDT by HandyDandy (Started out with Burgundy but soon hit the harder stuff....)
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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]

20 posted on 09/01/2014 1:46:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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